Papers of Canon Charles Edward Osborne

Scope and Content

Incoming correspondence from George Tyrrell, or concerning Tyrrell from Friedrich Von Hgel, M Quin, MD Petre and Norah Shelley.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Edward Osborne (1856-1935) must rank as the closest of the many Anglican sympathisers of George Tyrrell, the English Roman Catholic modernist par excellence. Older than Tyrrell, Osborne shared the latter's high regard for Robert Dolling whose biographer he became. Rector of Wallsend from the time of this correspondence, later Canon of Newcastle and lecturer at Durham in the last years of his life, Osborne shared the concerns of his Catholic counterparts concerning developments in biblical studies and their implications for the Church. On international questions he shared many of the views of Tyrrell's other close companion, Friedrich von Hgel, and later delivered the 1929 Holland lectures on the contribution of Christianity within the realm of political ideas. His death in 1935 before the outbreak of a second world conflagration perhaps spared this sensitive spiritual guide a bitter disappointment.


By correspondent.

Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Given to the University of St Andrews by Dr Alex Vidler in August 1974.


These papers form part of the collection of Roman Catholic Modernist papers held by the University. Correspondence between Osborne and Von Hgel, for example, will appear as part of the descriptions of the papers of both individuals.

Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

The collection has been listed and is available on the manuscripts database of the University of St Andrews Special Collection Department.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 227 procedures.

Related Material

The papers of Baron Von Hgel, Frank Rooke Ley, Arthur Leslie Lilley, Wilfrid Ward and George Walter Young are held at GB 227 as the papers of the Roman Catholic Modernist Movement.

Additional Information

This material is original.