Papers of Marion Cleland Lochhead (1902-1985)

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of typescripts of books, articles, and broadcasts. There is material on Margaret Oliphant, Thomas de Quincey, Opium eaters, Neil Munro, The hooded crow, William Maginn, John Gibson Lockhart, The Ettrick shepherd, The Mures of Caldwell and their friends, The Victorian household, Their first ten years. Victorian childhood, The renaissance of wonder in children's literature, Portrait of the Scott country, The story of Scottish episcopacy in the nineteenth century, The other country. Legends and fairy tales of Scotland, Elizabeth Rigby, and Henry Scougall. There are also a large number of news-cuttings held both in albums (2) and several folders.

Administrative / Biographical History

Marion Cleland Lochhead was born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, on 19 April 1902 and was educated at Glasgow University. She became a teacher, then turned to journalism and writing. Her early books and poems reflected her religious concerns; she also wrote children's books, a biography of John Gibson Lockhart, and social histories of domestic life in the 18th and 19th centuries. She was a founder member of Scottish PEN in 1927 (along with Helen Cruickshank) and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature (1955). Her publications include Poems (1928), Painted things (1929), Anne Dalrymple (1934), Cloaked in scarlet (1935), Adrian was a priest (1936), Island destiny (1936), Feast of Candlemas and other devotional poems (1937), The Dancing flower (1938), Fiddler's bidding (1939), Highland scene (1939), On Tintock Tap (1946), St Mungo's bairns (1948), The Scots household in the eighteenth Century (1948), A lamp was lit (1949), John Gibson Lockhart (1954), Their first ten years (1956), Young Victorians (1959), Elizabeth Rigby, Lady Eastlake (1961), St Columba (1963), The Victorian household (1964), Episcopal Scotland in the nineteenth century (1966), Portrait of the Scott country (1968), The renaissance of wonder in children's literature (1977), The other country (1978), Scottish tales of magic and mystery (1978), and Scottish love stories (1979). Marion Cleland Lochhead died in January 1985. She died in January 1985.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Material acquired from Miss M. Lochhead, Janauary 1983, Accession no. E83.1.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Scottish writers. Full-text [online].  Marion Cleland Lochhead. [Accessed 17 March 2004].

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.

Related Material

The local Indexes show various references to Lochhead related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter to Lochhead from T. T. Kilbucho, 2 October 1968, at Gen. 1733/78; and, letter from Mary Lutyens, 2 November 1972, with press cuttings (2) of reviews of Lochhead, at Gen. 1733/76. In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: literary and personal papers, National Library of Scotland, Manuscript Collections, Ref. Acc 11588.