Papers of Francis John MacCunn, 1888-1915, historian and Lecturer in History, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1913-1914

Scope and Content

  • Letter from F J MacCunn, Queen's College, Oxford, to his father, making arrangements to come north at the end of term undated;
  • Letter from Dudley Julius Medley, Professor of Modern History, to F J MacCunn, suggesting that he might come up to Glasgow during vacation to discuss a prospective lectureship in the History Department 5 Mar 1912;
  • Letter from Professor Medley to F J MacCunn, enclosing a list of lectures and work of the History Department 22 Mar 1912 (miscellaneous jottings on back);
  • Letter from Robert Brough, Secretary to the University Court, to F J MacCunn, informing him of his appointment as Lecturer in History, 13 Jun 1913 (miscellaneous historical notes on back).

Administrative / Biographical History

Francis John MacCunn was born in Liverpool, England, on 13 September 1888  , the son of Professor John MacCunn, 1846-1929  , MA, Professor of Philosophy at University College, Liverpool and Balliol College, Oxford, England. Following primary education at Greenbank School, Liverpool, he was awarded a scholarship to Rugby School, Warwickshire, in 1902.

He matriculated at The Queen's College, Oxford in 1907, as a Foundation Scholar in Classics and History. He graduated BA in 1911  , with First Class Honours from the School of Modern History. He was a sergeant in the University Contingent of the Officer's Training Corps. He graduated BLitt in 1913  , his thesis entitled The Contemporary English View of Napoleon being published later. He was appointed Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow in the session 1913-1914  .

As a member of the Officers' Training Corps at Glasgow he was given the rank of Lieutenant, which led to his commission in Semptember 1914 in the 6th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. He served as a Captain and was killed in action at Loos, France, on 26 September 1915  .

Source: Liber vitae Reginensium qui pro patria mortem obierunt - MCMXIV-MCMXIX (Constable, Edinburgh 1922) – includes photograph of MacCunn


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Deposit : Dr J A F Thompson, Department of Mediaeval History, University of Glasgow, August 1973

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

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Fonds level description compiled by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 25 February 2003

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