Papers of John Caird, 1820-1898, theologian and Principal, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence c1870
  • Lecture notes 1863-1865

Administrative / Biographical History

John Caird was born in Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland, in  1820 . He was the brother of the philosopher Professor  Edward Caird. John Caird was educated in Greenock and received his MA from the  University of Glasgow , Scotland, in  1845 . In  1847  he was Minister at the Parish of Lady Yester's, Edinburgh, Scotland and then from  1849  at Errol, Perthshire, Scotland, where he stayed until  1857 . In 1857, he was appointed to be the minister of Park Church, Glasgow, it was also in this year that he preached before Queen Victoria at Balmoral, Royal Deeside, Scotland. In 1860, he was awarded an honorary degree of DD from the University of Glasgow, and in  1862  he was appointed Professor of Divinity at the same university. John Caird was appointed Principal of the University of Glasgow in  1873 . He was awarded an honorary degree of LLD from the  University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in  1884 . He published many works, including the Introduction to the philosophy of religion (1880 ). He died in  1898 .

Source: Dictionary of National Biography, (London, 1903)


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Acquisition Information

Ms Gen 510/19-20: Purchased, 1960, ACCN 4107; MS Gen 749: Gifted, 1978, ACCN 4330


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Custodial History

Ms Gen 510/19-20: Held by Edward Hall until 1960; MS Gen 749: Held by Mrs G F MacKinnon until 1978


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Related Material

GB 247 MS Gen 509/19-20, Letters of John Caird ( University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections; GB 0233 MSS4111-4714, Correspondence with Blackwoods, 1855-1897 (National Library of Scotland – manuscripts division). For contact details of all repositories with a GB code, see the  Archon repository search page, at the Historical Manuscripts Commission.

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Compiled by Elaine MacGillivray, Archive Assistant, July 2003

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