Papers of the Very Rev. James Denney (1856-1917)

Scope and Content

The collection contains sermons, Denney's student notes and class essays, class lectures, and general papers and addresses.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Denney was born in Paisley on 5 February 1856. He was educated at Highlanders Academy, Greenock, and then he studied at Glasgow University and at Glasgow Free Church College. In 1886 he became Minister of the East Free Church, Broughty Ferry, in Angus. Denney was then appointed to the Chair of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Glasgow Free Church College in 1897, and in 1899-1900 he became Professor of New Testament Language, Literature and Theology. He was made Principal of the College in 1915, serving until his death. His publications included The epistles to the Thessalonians (1892), The second epistle to the Corinthians (1894), The death of Christ (1902), and The way everlasting (1911). The Very Rev. James Denney died on 12 June 1917.


The collection DEN 01-12 is grouped as follows: 01 Sermons Old Testament Genesis to Deuteronomy; 02 Sermons Old Testament Joshua to Nehemiah; 03 Sermons Old Testament Job to Malachi; 04 Sermons New Testament Matthew to John; 05 Sermons New Testament Acts; 06 Sermons New Testament Romans to Galatians; 07 Sermons New Testament Ephesians to Revelation; 08 Lectures and Papers Biblical topics; 09 Theological and Practical Theology Lectures; 10 General Lectures and Biographical Notes; 11 Early Essays and Lectures and Extract Notes; 12 Note Books Student Notes and Class Lectures.

Access Information

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


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) The dictionary of national biography. The concise dictionary. Part 2. 1901-1970. Oxford: OUP, 1982. (2) Who was who 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

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

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