Collection of material relating to Edward Boyd (1916-1989), playwright

Scope and Content

Papers and photographs relating to the work of Edward Boyd, 1963-1991. Includes:

  • Film, play and radio scripts 1963-1986
  • Scottish Society of Playwrights newsletters 1978-1981
  • Articles concerning Eddie Boyd, including those in New Edinburgh Review 1976, Cencrastus 1991, The Scotsman 1988, and in the book, Glasgow - a celebration 1984
  • Notebooks, 1960-[1970s?]
  • Programmes for plays at Cumbernauld Theatre 1982
  • Audio tapes and video tapes of some of his plays 1970s-1980s
  • Tapes of an interview with Boyd in which he talks about the cartoonist Bud Neill, 1980s
  • Album of colour photographs of Glasgow places and people, undated

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward Boyd (1916-1989) was born in Stevenston, now in South Ayrshire, Scotland. He worked mainly in radio and television. He was a prominent figure in the world of theatre, radio and television for many years. He was a member of Glasgow Unity Theatre in the 1940s and worked with them as stage manager, actor and director. He wrote many plays for radio and television. Much of his work for television was for Granada and he wrote many of the early Z-Cars programmes. He also wrote the successful BBC series The View from Daniel Pike which starred Roddy MacMillan. He was also involved in the development of Scottish cinema.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database, formatting and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, November 2002

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