Papers of John Kennedy, 1855-1910, and Alexander Cameron, 1827-1888, ministers of the Free Church of Scotland and Gaelic scholars

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The papers of John Kennedy include:

  • the Fernaig Manuscript of Gaelic poems 1688-1693
  • transcripts of Gaelic poetry from the McLagen manuscripts 1897-1905
  • lecture notes made by John Kennedy on Gaelic and Scottish history
  • correspondence 1908

The Alexander Cameron papers, which were held by John Kennedy, include:

  • Gaelic poetry transcriptions and translations
  • notes on Gaelic poetry and church history
  • notes on sermons preached by Dr John Love
  • miscellaneous papers relating to his church career
  • correspondence from 1860s-1880s

Administrative / Biographical History

John Kennedy (1855-1910 ) was born in Alvie, Highland, Scotland, becoming a student of the University of Glasgow, Scotland and the Free Church College, Glasgow. He became a minister of the Free Church of Scotland and then the United Free Church of Scotland at Lenimore and Pirnmill on the Island of Arran, Scotland. He was executor for Alexander Cameron, Celtic scholar, whose papers John held following his death and on whom he published'Memoir of Dr Cameron' in Reliquiae Celticae: Texts, Papers and Studies in Gaelic Literature and Philology left by the late Rev. Alexander Cameron, LLD in 1892.

Alexander Cameron was born near Kingussie, Highland, in 1827 . After receiving his MA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1852 he studied at New College, Edinburgh until 1856. He then became a missionary for the Free Church of Scotland, first being sent to Portnahaven, Island of Islay before becoming a minster in Renton, West Dunbartonshire, in 1855 and then at the Gaelic Church in Renton from 1859-1874. His final church was the Free Church of Scotland, Kilbride (Brodick), north Ayrshire from 1874-1888.

From 1886 , Cameron was a lecturer in Gaelic at the Free Church College, Glasgow, until taking up a lectureship in Gaelic at the University of Glasgow from 1876-1880. A noted Celtic scholar, he was founder and editor of Scottish Celtic Review from 1881-1885, he died in Edinburgh in October 1888 .

William Ewing, Annals of the Free Church of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1914)

J A Lamb, The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1956)

W Ewing, Annals of the Free Church of Scotland (Edinburgh, 1914)

Arrangement

The material has been arranged into two sections, one containing papers relating to John Kennedy and another relating to Alexander Cameron. Within these sections, items have been listed in the order in which they were received.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Acquisition Information

Gift : John Kennedy : 1910 : ACCN 2488

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/manuscripts/ by searching for call reference MS Gen 1708 and MS Gen 1709

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub project Archivist, February 2003

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Held by John Kennedy

Accruals

None expected

Related Material

Cameron's collection of printed books was purchased after his death by Sir William Mackinnon and donated to Edinburgh University Library

Bibliography

The material from this collection has been listed in several published volumes detailing Gaelic manuscripts:

John Mackechnie, , vol. 1 Catalogue of Gaelic Manuscripts in Selected Libraries in Great Britain and Ireland (Boston, 1973)pp 395-401, 409-412

Donald Mackinnon, A Descriptive Catalogue of Gaelic Manuscripts in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, and Elsewhere in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1912)pp 267-271, 310-312

ed. Alexander MacBain and John Kennedy, Reliquiae Celticae: Texts, Papers and Studies in Gaelic Literature and Philology Left by the Late Rev. Alexander Cameron, LLD (Inverness, 1892)

Incorrectly numbered by MacKechnie with George Henderson's papers as MS Gen 1090/30-75. Cameron's collection of printed books was purchased after his death by Sir William Mackinnon and donated to Edinburgh University Library.

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