Recollections of Peter Redford Scott Lang on university life, 1860-1919.

Scope and Content

Typescript papers of Professor Peter Redford Scott Lang referring to various aspects of St Andrews University life.

A: Autograph letter signed, Grace M Tottenham to Andrew Bennett, secretary to the University, asking if he wishes to see typescripts of the papers of Sir Peter Scott Lang.Signed Grace M. Tottenham.Crowborough, 15 August 1937. (2pp)

B: Autograph letter signed, Grace M Tottenham to Andrew Bennett, secretary to the University, instructing that the papers forwarded by her be presented to the University Library.Signed Grace M. Tottenham.Crowborough, 27 September 1937. (2pp.)

C: Covering letter, typescript, of Andrew Bennett to the university librarian forwarding the same.St Andrews, 29 October 1937. (1p.)

D: Typescript reminiscences of Lang on the Anstruther No.7 Battery of the 1st Fife Brigade of Garrison Artillery [the volunteer corps of the University of St Andrews] 1881-1912. (5pp.)

E: Detailed account by Lang of the Quincentenary celebrations of the University of St Andrews [1911] with plan of seating for the church service. (13pp.)

F: Notes on athletics at the University of St Andrews together with an account of the formation of the Athletic Union [1902]. (6pp.)

G: Memories of Lang as a university lecturer and Dean of Arts. (13pp.)

H: Notes by Lang on the purchase of a property on South Street, St Andrews, adjacent to the Principal's house, with observations on the construction of Swallowgate by James Bell Pettigrew. (2pp.)

J: University recollections on botanical improvements by Lang in United College, 1890; on the adoption of the custom of wearing university gowns to church, 1883/1885; memories of William Lewis Fischer, professor of Natural Philosophy and Thomas Chalmers [later Principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh]. (10pp.)

K: History of Dines, 1887-1919, and of Christmas Dinners, 1887-1889, by Lang including recollections of the ordinary student fare of the mid nineteenth century and menus of term time dinners. Details of the adaptation of the Old Union building through the gift of John Patrick Crichton Stuart, [3rd Marquis of Bute], and of subsequent adaptations, with an account of the recovery of the traditional Latin grace of the university. (32pp.)

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Redford Scott Lang (1850-1926), professor of mathematics at St Andrews University from 1879 until his retirement in 1921. He had studied at Edinburgh University, and taught there before being appointed to St Andrews.


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Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Keeper of Manuscripts. Access to records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library by the trustees of Miss Scott Lang, 29 October 1937.

Other Finding Aids

Individual Manuscripts and Small Collections database available as part of Manuscripts Database.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper: Between 11.4x17.7cm and 20.3x32.7cm.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Keeper of Manuscripts. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Custodial History

Formerly in the possession of Miss Scott Lang.