Papers of Ian Borthwick Cowan, 1932-1990, Scottish historian

Scope and Content

  • published works 1964-1990
  • teaching notes 1966-1990
  • notes on historical topics c1960
  • correspondence 1960-1979
  • papers relating to History associations 1957-1981
  • personal papers 1953-1990

Administrative / Biographical History

Ian Borthwick Cowan was born in Dumfries, Scotland, on 16 April 1932, and educated at Dumfries Academy and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, graduating MA in 1954 and PhD in 1961. He was assistant lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh from 1956 until 1959; lecturer in History at Newbattle Abbey College, Dalkeith, Scotland from 1959 until 1962; lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, from 1962 until 1970, and senior lecturer in Scottish History at the University of Glasgow from 1970 until 1990. His specialism was the Medieval Scottish Church and he lectured widely, both at home and overseas, on a variety of historical subjects, but most extensively on the subject of the Scottish Church, both before and after the Reformation. Ian Cowan died on 22 December 1990.


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

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Acquisition Information

Transfer: Department of Scottish History, University of Glasgow: January 1991: ACCN 1121

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Custodial History

Held in the Scottish History Department until 1991.


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