Papers of John Duncan Mackie 1887-1978, historian and Professor of Scottish History & Literature, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1930-1957

Scope and Content

  • Correspondence, 1912-1971;
  • Radio broadcast typescripts and notes, 1941-1965;
  • Copies of research materials most undated including correspondence between Napoleon Bonaparte and his generals, including Bernadotte, Neuchatel and Prince de Ponte Corvo, 1797-180;9
  • Personal, education and membership papers, 1894-1953;
  • Family and genealogical papers, 1796-1970;
  • Invitations and ceremonial programmes, 1937-1966;
  • Photographs, c1890-1960;
  • Papers relating to his published works, 1923-1971.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Duncan Mackie was born in  1887  , eldest son of John Beveridge Mackie and Lilias Agnes Robb. He married Cicely Jean Paterson, ward of James Donaldson, Principal of St Andrews University, in 1917 and had two sons and one daughter. He was educated at Middlesborough High School, England, and Jesus College, Oxford. He received a Second Class degree in Classical Moderations and a First Class in History. He held posts in History Departments at the  St Andrews University , Scotland, and the University of London, England, before becoming Professor of Scottish History and Literature at the  University of Glasgow in  1930  , a post he held until  1957  . He was Dean of Faculties from  1940-1945  and HM Historiographer for Scotland from 1958 until his death.

He served on many committees including the Scottish Records Advisory Council; Chairman of the Scottish National Register of Archives; Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and President of the Scottish History Society. He served as Captain and Acting Major with the 14th Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders in the  1914-1918  World War and was twice wounded. In the  1939-1945  World War he chaired the Glasgow Joint Recruiting Board and was made Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur in  1946  . His publications include: The University of Glasgow 1451-1951: A Short History (1954); A History of the Scottish Reformation (1960); and A History of Scotland (1964).

Source: Who's Who .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : daughter of Professor Mackie : May 1976 Deposit : Mackie family : March 1981 : ACCN 0231, ACCN 0234 (Additional deposit)


Compiled by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 08 May 2000

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)2815) and London (NRA30492)

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

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Related Material

GB 227 MS29963-MS29966 Papers of Sir James Donaldson, 1831-1915, Educationist Classical and Patristic Scholar (St Andrews University Library). This material was originally deposited at GUAS as DC32/13-15 and was transferred to St Andrews University Library in 1981 at the family's request, as they consisted of Professor & Mrs Mackie's papers relating to the time when the latter was the ward of Sir James at St Andrews.

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