Papers of Edward Caird, 1835-1908, philosopher and minister

Scope and Content

Correspondence from Edward Caird and others to Alexander MacQuisten, 1851-1866. Other correspondents include: John Caird, Robert Flint, Miss MM Howard, A M Watson, and St Matthew’s Parish Church Musical Association, class tickets, 1854-1857.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Edward Caird,  1835-1908 , was born at Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland, in 1835 . He was the younger brother of  John Caird,  1820-1898 , Principal of the  University of Glasgow , Scotland,  1873-1898 . Edward Caird was educated at Greenock Grammar school before he attended the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and then Balliol College, Oxford, England. He received his LLD from the  University of St Andrews, Scotland in 1883 and another LLD from the University of Glasgow in 1894. He received his DCL from the University of Oxford in  1891 . He went on to receive his two DLitt, one from the University of Cambridge, England in 1898, and the other from the University of Wales in 1902. He became a fellow and tutor of Merton College, Oxford in 1864, before being appointed Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in  1866 . There he remained until  1893  when he took up the position of Master of Balliol College, Oxford, where he worked until his resignation in 1907. He produced numerous publications, which covered topics such as the philosophy of Kant, the religion and social philosophy of Comte, and the evolution of religion. He died in  1908 .

Sources: Who was Who, 1897-1915, (London, 1935); Fasti Ecclesiae Scotican Ae, III, (Edinburgh, 1920).


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Acquisition Information

Deposited, 1982, ACCN 4441

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Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections, searching by the call number MS Gen 516/1-55.

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Compiled by Elaine MacGillivray, Archive Assistant, July 2003

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GB 0247 MS Gen 740-741, Lectures of Edward Caird, notes taken by AH Steel, 1881-1882 (Glasgow University Library Special Collections). For all contact details of all repositories with a GB code, see the  Archon repository search page, at the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

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