Papers of the Rev. Professor William Manson (1882-1958)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-741
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  • Physical Description
      circa 3,580 pages manuscript, circa 1,285 pages typescript material, miscellaneous notebooks, circa 370 pages off-prints and printed material, and miscellaneous cards, fragments, cuttings, folders and files. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      MSS MAN

Scope and Content

The collection consists of: formal lectures and notes on the Apocalypse, Christianity, Eschatology, Greek Bible and Language, Jesus, the Jewish people, Mark, Moses, Peter, St. Paul, the Resurrection, and the Synoptic Gospels, and much more; informal lectures and addresses on a variety of topics ; sermons and sermon fragments based on Genesis, Exodus, Samuel, the Psalms, Isaiah, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Romans, Corinthians, and Revelation; prayers of intercession, for world peace, communion, funeral service, Polish protestants, and more; reviews; extracts and notes from work of others; and, miscellaneous material. In MAN0606A there is a thesis, The faith and theology of William Manson by Kenneth S. Barker, Knox College, Toronto, Canada. There is also a mounted photograph of Manson, by Drummond Young, at MAN06-43

Administrative / Biographical History

William Manson was born on 14 April 1882. He studied at Glasgow University, and Oriel College, Oxford. He studied Theology at the United Free College (later Trinity College), Glasgow, and was ordained in 1911. He ministered in Oban 1911-1914, and at Pollockshields East, Glasgow. He was appointed to the Chair of New Testament Language and Literature, at Knox College, Toronto, Canada, in 1919. Manson then held the Chair of New Testament at New College, Edinburgh University from 1925 to 1946, and then the Chair of Biblical Criticism from 1946 to 1952. Between 1950 and 1952 he was Vice-President of the British Council of Churches. His publications included Jesus the Messiah (1943), The epistle to the Hebrews (1951), and The way of the cross (1958). The Rev. Professor William Manson died on 4 April 1958.


The papers have been arranged in six sections, MAN01 Formal lectures, MAN02 Informal lectures and address, MAN03-01 to -04 Sermons, MAN03-05 Prayers, MAN04 Reviews, and MAN05 Extracts and notes from work of others.

Access Information

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


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1951-1960. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1961.

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

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Related Material

The UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence with publishers, 1923-1931, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. Dep 247 342 NRA 20220 Clark