Letter from Robert Fuller Murray to Rev Dr George Gordon Stott, 1890.

Scope and Content

Autograph letter signed, Robert Fuller Murray to Rev Dr George Gordon Stott.

Concerning relations between the Classical Society of the University of St Andrews and the Literary Society of the same university.Signed R.F. Murray1 John St, St Andrews, 6 December 1890. (5pp)

Covering autograph letter signed, [William Hamilton] Hamilton to George Herbert Bushnell, St Andrews University Librarian explaining the background and provenance of the letter (1p), together with a typescript note on the same from Stott (1p).Signed W.H. Hamilton.12 Oxford Terrace, Edinburgh, 10 July 1947

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Fuller Murray (1863-1894) was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of a Unitarian minister. He was brought to Kelso by his father when aged 6 and educated in England. He came to the United College of St Andrews University in 1881 with a scholarship won as an external student of Manchester New College. During his time at St Andrews, he fell in love with the town, and stayed on to work as a research assistant for Professor John MD Meiklejohn. He later worked as a journalist and published poetry, including The scarlet gown; being verses by a St Andrews man, published in 1891. A second volume of poems was published after his death from tuberculosis in 1894, by his friend Andrew Lang.

Rev Dr George Gordon Stott (1868-1952) studied at the United College of St Andrews from 1886, gaining his MA in 1890, and then became a student at St Mary's College, St Andrews, being awarded a BD in 1893, and winning a number of prizes for his work. In the same year he was working as assistant to the professor of Hebrew and was licensed by Perth presbytery. He became minister at Dulwich (1898-1906), Northesk (1906-1910) and Cramond (1910-1943).

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Acquisition Information

Given to the University Library by W H Hamilton as the gift of Rev Dr George Gordon Stott, 10 July 1947.


Call number used to be ms846

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper: 20.5x25.2cm; 20.2x25.4cm; 18x22.9cm.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database.

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Custodial History

Given by George Gordon Stott to W H Hamilton.