Letters of the Rev. Alexander Whyte (1836-1921)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of letters from Whyte, at 7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, to Mr. McCall Barbour, Mr. Lorimer, Mr. Mackay, and Mr. Smith.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Whyte was born in Kirriemuir, Angus, on 13 January 1836. He studied at Aberdeen University and at New College, Edinburgh, and was ordained at Free St. John's, Glasgow in 1866. In 1870 he was at Free St. George's, Edinburgh. Whyte became Principal of New College, Edinburgh, 1909-1918. In 1909 too, he was given the Freedom of the City of Edinburgh. His publications include Commentary on shorter catechism (1822), Appreciation of Jacob Behmen (1895), and Santa Teresia (1897). The Rev. Alexander Whyte died on 6 January 1921.

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 1916-1928. 3rd edition. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1962.

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

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

At New College Library (Edinburgh University Library) there are 41 boxes of sermons, lectures and papers of material relating to the Rev. Alexander Whyte.

The local indexes at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections show various references to Whyte related material (check the Indexes for more details): article of Whyte on John Wesley and his journal, written for Everyman, 1912, at Sar.Coll.41; correspondence of Whyte with C. Sarolea, 1912-1916, at Sar.Coll.131; and, letter to C. Sarolea, 1914, at Sar.Coll.41.