Papers of Henry Fife Morland Simpson, antiquarian and Rector, Aberdeen Grammar School

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Scope and Content

GB 231 MS 0877 Versions and translations in Latin, Greek and English, composed at school and college, 1870-90 (8 vols). Also Diary of events in the years 1649 - 1650 extracted from contemporary writers; compiled by H.F. Morland Simpson, Fettes College, Edinburgh. In illustration of Montrose's proceedings in those years, Oct 1892 (1 vol).

GB 231 MS 2234 Records of Foresterhill, Aberdeen, July 1911. Records of Foresterhill, Aberdeen, July 1911. Extracts, essays and original records relating to Foresterhill, Aberdeen, compiled by H.F. Morland Simpson. This small collection includes details of philology, estate ownership, student boarders, a plan of Foresterhill estate (c 1907), post cards showing estate grounds and buildings (early 20th c), and newspaper cuttings.

GB 231 MS 2252 Old songs re-sung: Ballads of Greece. Ballads of Iceland. By H.F. Morland Simpson, MA, FSA Scot., Rector of Aberdeen Grammar School, n.d., c 1914 Old songs re-sung: Ballads of Greece. Ballads of Iceland. By H.F. Morland Simpson, MA, FSA Scot., Rector of Aberdeen Grammar School, n.d., c 1914Also includes Scots songs and translations from Greek and Norse texts into Scots and English. With illustrations in ink and watercolour by W. Graham Simpson, 1898 and n.d.

GB 231 MS 2325 Collection of papers (off-prints, press cuttings and MS notes) relating to runic calendars, festivals and holy days, 1890-1917. Collection of papers (off-prints, press cuttings and MS notes) relating to runic calendars, festivals and holy days, 1890-1917. Includes bound volume, Scandinavian Calendars, Runic, etc., 1891 - 1892, containing annotated copies of H.F. Morland Simpson's printed works: The Southesk and other rune prime-staves, or Scandinavian wooden calendars (Edinburgh: Neill and co., 1892), reprinted from Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, (1891), 256 - 332 (paper read to the Society 9th March 1891); On a Norwegian staff calendar belonging to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne, reprinted from Archaeologia Aeliana, 15, (1891) (paper read to the Society 29th Jul 1891); On two rune prime-staves from Sweden and three wooden almanacs from Norway, reprinted from Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, (1892), 358 - 378 (paper read to the Society 9th May 1892)

GB 231 MS 2449 Draft lecture on the Ballad of Edom o' Gordon, Dec 1909.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Fife Morland Simpson was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1859 and educated at Pembroke College, Cambridge. He taught and married in Germany, then returned to Britain to take up a post at Marlborough College. He later taught at Fettes College, Edinburgh, before being appointed Rector of Aberdeen Grammar School in 1893. He published widely, including work on prehistory, Montrose, Aberdeen Grammar School, local history, folk music and Runes. He died in 1920. His son, William Douglas Simpson (1896 - 1968), became librarian at Aberdeen University.

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Acquisition Information

GB 231 MS 0877 gifted to the University in 1929 and 1936 by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 0877 gifted to the University in 1929 and 1936 by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2234 gifted to the University in 1955 by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2234 gifted to the University in 1955 by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2252: date and source not recorded. Probably gifted to the University by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2252: date and source not recorded. Probably gifted to the University by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2325: date and source not recorded. Probably gifted to the University by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2325: date and source not recorded. Probably gifted to the University by W. Douglas Simpson GB 231 MS 2449: date and source not recorded. Probably gifted to the University by W. Douglas Simpson.

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Related Material

Papers of W. Douglas Simpson (1896 - 1968) are also deposited in the University. A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub.

Bibliography

Printed works on Montrose include James Graham Montrose, [1st Marquis], Miscellaneous papers connected with the Marquis of Montrose and the Civil War, 1643-1650, edited by H.F. Morland Simpson, (Edinburgh: Scottish History Society, 1893), Miscellany 15; and Walter Scott, Tales of my landlord. Third series. A legend of Montrose, edited by H.F. Morland Simpson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1896), Pitt Press series.

Simpson's work on runes was published in The Southesk and other rune prime-staves or Scandinavian wooden calendars (Edinburgh: Neill, 1892), reprinted from Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1891), 256 - 332; On two rune prime-staves from Sweden and three wooden almanacs from Norway, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1892), 358 - 378; and On a Norwegian staff calendar belonging to the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Andrew Reid, 1891), Archaeologia Aeliana, 15 (1891).

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