Papers of Edward Lionel Gregory Stones, 1914-1987, Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow, Scotland 1956-1977

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence 1962-1990;
  • General working papers 1913-1988;
  • Various publications c1955-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Lionel Stones was born in Croydon on 4 March  1914  , the son of  Edward Edison Stones and  Eleanor Gregory . In  1947  he married  Jeanne Marie Beatrice . They had a daughter and a son. Stones was educated at  Glasgow High School and went on to study at the  University of Glasgow . After graduating from Glasgow with a First Class degree in English he went to  Balliol College, Oxford to continue his studies. Whilst at Oxford he turned to Medieval History, graduating in  1939  with a first class in History. He returned to Glasgow University to become an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of History. However the war intervened and Stones joined the Royal Signals in  1940  . He was made a Major in  1943  , and passed most of the war in service in  India .

In 1945, he returned to Glasgow University and continued as a Lecturer in History. He obtained his PhD from Glasgow in  1950  . The following year he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Medieval History. Five years later, in  1956  , he was elected to the newly created chair of Medieval History, which he held until his retirement in  1978  .

Stones was a Fellow of the British Academy, and of the Royal Historical Society. He was also a member of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland (  1964-1979  ), and he was a member of the council for the Royal Historical Society (  1968-1972  ), and the Society of Antiquaries, London (  1972-1974  ). From  1969-1972  he was the President of the Glasgow Archaeological Society.

Stones established himself as a leading authority on early and mid-fourteenth century Anglo-Scottish history. His well-known publications include: Anglo-Scottish Relations 1174-1328;Edward I (1968); (edited); Maitland's Letters to Neilson, (1976); (with G G Simpson); and Edward I and the Throne of Scotland, (1978). He also wrote articles for various historical journals. He died in 1987  .

Sources: Who's Who , (1981, London); The College Courant , Vol.IX, No.17, (1956, Glasgow).


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Professor Edward Lionel Gregory Stones : Department of History, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ : 1980

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GB 0234, GD388/34-45, Letters from David McRoberts, 1912-1978, Roman Catholic Priest and historian.

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

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Collection catalogued by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 25 May 2000 (collection level description) and members of Glasgow University Archives Services staff (lower level descriptions). Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 02 April 2004. Catalogue amended by Vikki Laidlaw, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 22 January 2007; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 31 October 2007, Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 7 February 2011; and Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 25 September 2012.

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