Papers of Andrew Lang (1844-1912)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of letters to various individuals including: those to H. Massie; those to Frances Bickley; letter to Mrs. Allhusen; letter to W. E. Henley; letter to Brookfields; letter to Frank Harris; letter to Miss Wynne; and, a batch of circa 20 letters including correspondence with Courtney Hill, Mr. Cooper, Mr. Smalley, 'My dear Page', Mr. Ashcroft, Miss Neaves, Mr. Deane, Mr. Rideing, and unnamed correspondents.

Administrative / Biographical History

The writer Andrew Lang was born on 31 March 1844. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and he studied at St. Andrews University and Balliol College, Oxford. He was an Honorary Fellow of Merton College, Oxford. He became a Fellow of the Royal British Academy in 1906. His publications over nearly forty years included Ballads and lyrics of old France (1872), Life, letters, and diaries of Sir Stafford Northcote (1890), Homer and the epic (1893), The making of religion (1898), The mystery of Mary Stuart (1901), and A defence of Sir Walter Scot and the Border minstrelsy (1910). Andrew Lang died on 20 July 1912.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Massie letters etc., purchased Wilson, Eynsham, June 1988, Accession no. E88.55-56. Bickley letters etc., purchased Wilson, Eynsham, September 1988, Accession no. E88.118-120. Letter purchased, Cowan, December 1991, Accession no. E91.110. Allhusen letter, purchased Wilson, Eynsham, September 1992, Accession no. E92.51. Henley letter, purchased Dupre, March 1993, Accession no. E93.16. Brookfields letter, purchased Dupre, December 1993, E93.120. Letter purchased Bristow, Ringwood, June 1994, Accession no. E94.47. Harris letter, purchased Bristow, Ringwood, December 1994, Accession no. E94.86. Wynne letter, purchased Dupre, June 1995, Accession no. E95.28. Batch circa 20 letters purchased from Dupre, June 1995, Accession no. E95.38-39. Papers received from Alexander J. Murdoch, Scottish History, December 2001, Accession E2001.30.


At the time of writing this description, E2001.30 had not been seen. The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who ... 1897-1916. London: A. and C. Black, 1920.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show reference to Lang related material (check the Indexes for more details): letters (10) to Charles Sarolea, circa 1912, in the Sarolea Collection, Sar. Coll 23. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes several locations of Lang related material in the central Scotland area: correspondence and papers, St. Andrews University Library, Ref. MS 38233-61, and letters (53) to William Craigie, 1893-1912, Ref. MSS 36862-914, and letters (55) to Clement K Shorter, 1893-1909, Ref. MS PR4876 C7; letters to Blackwoods, 1887-1900, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. MSS 4503-4815 passim, and letters (17) to Ella Christie and Alice Stewart, Ref. Acc 5058 NRA 29128 Christie, and letters to A. H. Millar, 1901, Ref. MS 344, and letters to Mrs Maxwell Scott, 1888-1912, Ref. MSS 1632-33, and miscellaneous correspondence, 1878-1912, and undated, Ref. MSS 9755-10998 Passim