The material is composed of: a letter, 1867; letter about a full answer to Mr. Christopher's letter mentioning the addressee's The saintly calling, 1875; and, letter to 'My dear Madam' reluctantly responding to a request for his autograph and expressing cheer with what was said about his Kelso tracts, 1853.
Letters of Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-831
- Dates of Creation1853-1875
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description3 letters. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
- LocationDc.4.101-103 Bonar; Gen. 1981/24; Gen. 2039/57
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Scottish divine and hymn writer Horatius Bonar was born in Edinburgh on 19 December 1808. He was the younger brother of John James Bonar (1803-1891) who preached in Greenock, and the older brother of Andrew Alexander Bonar (1810-1892). Horatius Bonar was educated at the Royal High School in the city and studied at Edinburgh University. On becoming a preacher he worked in Leith for a while before going to Kelso as minister of the North Church. He was an extremely popular preacher there and he became well-known throughout Scotland. While in Leith he had begun composing hymns and he also produced evangelical books. In 1883 he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church. Horatius Bonar died in Edinburgh on 31 July 1889.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 22 (Supplement). London: Smith, Elder and Co. 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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