Papers of Thomas Donaldson Stewart Brown, 1905-1968, arts graduate and Divinity student, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Political Economy lecture notes, 1924-1925;
  • Geology lecture notes, 1925-1926;
  • Moral Philosophy lecture notes, 1925-1927;
  • Church History lecture notes, 1927-1929;
  • Divinity lecture notes, 1927-1930;
  • Biblical Criticism lecture notes, 1928-1930.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Donaldson Stewart Brown was born  11 April 1905 , the son of Robert Clawson Brown, an outfitter. Thomas attended the University of Glasgow during the years 1924 until 1930. He took Latin and Political Economy (Ordinary) in his first year; Moral Philosophy (Ordinary), Geology, and History (Ordinary) in his second; and Moral Philosophy (Higher Ordinary), and Constitutional Law and History (for which he was awarded 4th prize) in his third. He graduated MA on 1 July  1927 .

In 1927 he commenced classes in Divinity, taking Theology, Divinity I, and Church History I from 1927-1928; Theology, Senior Divinity and Church History, and Junior Hebrew and New Testament classes in 1928-1929. In 1929-1930, he studied Theology, Senior Bible Criticism, Senior Hebrew, third year Divinity, and Special Divinity.

He gained several prizes throughout his divinity degree: 1st prize in the Divinity first year class 1927-1928; 1st prize in the junior class of Ecclesiastical History 1927-1928; 1st prize in the Divinity second year class 1928-1929; an honourable mention in the junior class of Bible Criticism 1928-1929; 1st prize and the Cleland and Rae-Wilson Gold Medal in the senior class of Ecclesiastical History 1928-1929 and 1st prize and Cleland and Rae-Wilson Gold Medal in the 3rd year Divinity class 1929-1930.

He had no funding, and paid his fees by working in the University Library. However, he did not graduate BD, possibly due to financial difficulties, but did become a minister and his subsequent career included becoming Moderator of the Presbytery of Edinburgh. In addition, he acted as Convener for several committees most notably, the Education for the Ministry committee.

In the minutes of 14th December 1967, the Senate of Glasgow University put forward the motion to confer on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. He died a few days before the ceremony in 1968. At the time of his death he was minister of South Leith. His sons were also graduates of University of Glasgow.


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R Iain F Brown : 1996 : ACCN 1489

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Material held with the family of Thomas Donaldson Stewart Brown until deposited by his son in 1996.


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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 Elva McLean, Volunteer, 7 March 2012. Lower levels converted to EAD by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), May 2012. Fonds level description retroconverted to Encoded Archival Description by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 3 January 2013. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 9 June 2014.