Papers of Harry Lumsden, 1866-1939, law graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Photographs, 1933;
  • Letters, 1929-1938.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harry Lumsden was born 13th July 1866 in Irvine, Ayrshire. His father, Alexander Lumsden, was a teacher. Harry Lumsden studied at Glasgow University between 1885 and 1899. Between 1885-1886, he studied Humanity, Greek, and Mathematics; 1889-1888, Logic and Mathematics; 1888-1889, Moral Philosophy, English Literature, and Mathematics; 1890-1891, Scots Law and Public Law; 1889-1890, Natural Philosophy, 1893-1899, Civil Law, Law of Scotland, Conveyancing, Constitutional Law and History, Medical Jurisprudence, and Public Law. He graduated MA in 1891, and LL.B in 1899. Throughout this time, he won four prizes - the junior class prize for Greek and the junior class prize for Humanity, 1886-1887; the class prize for Middle Greek, 1887-1888; and the class prize for Constitutional Law, 1895-1896. He was later awarded an honorary doctrate in 1933.

While still studying, Lumsden was appointed Clerk to the Trades House of Glasgow. Following his graduation, he was a partner in the law firm of Biggar and Lumsden.

Lumsden joined the Hammersmith Craft on Irvine in 1897, becoming a member of the master court in 1906, and an office bearer.

He wrote many historical works including History of the Hammermen in Glasgow, The Skinners and Glovers of Glasgow , and Bibliography of the Fourteen Trades of Glasgow. He died in 1939.



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John McCaffrey, Department of Scottish History : 27 September 1994 : Accn 1353

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This was found within books originally belonging to John S Allison, and donated to the archives by John McCaffrey, Department of Scottish History.


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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

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, and Elva McLean, Archives Volunteer, 15 January 2013.Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 15 January 2013. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 5 June 2014.