Correspondence of the Rt. Rev. Hugh Willoughby Jermyn (1820-1903)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-482
  • Dates of Creation
      19th century
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 box containing 154 letters, 2 additional letters
  • Location
      Gen. 1429/10/9; Gen. 1872

Scope and Content

The correspondence consists of: a body of letters (circa 150 items) mainly on theological issues, to archbishops, bishops, deans, as well as politicians, soldiers and writers; and separate letters to Miss Langlands, and Colonel Grubb.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hugh Willoughby Jermyn, son of the Rev. George Bitton Jermyn (1789-1857), was born at Swaffham Prior, Cambridgeshire, in 1820. He was educated at Westminster School and he studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was an incumbent of St. John's, Forres, Morayshire, 1847, and Dean of Moray and Ross, 1851. He became Archdeacon of St. Christopher's, and Rector of St. George, Basseterre, in the West Indies, 1854. In 1858 Jermyn was Rector of Nettlecombe, Somerset, and Rural Dean of Dunster, 1860. In 1870 he was Vicar of Barking. He became Bishop of Colombo in 1871, and resigned in 1875 when he became Bishop of Brechin in Scotland. He was Primus of Scotland, 1886-1901. Latterly he had lived in Broughty Ferry, Angus. The Rt. Rev. Hugh Willoughby Jermyn died on 17 September 1903.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Letters, Langlands, Grubb, acquired January 1970, Accession no. E70.2.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who ... a companion to Who's who ... 1897-1916. London: A. and C. Black Ltd., 1920.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.