Lectures of Geoffrey D. Carnall

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-552
  • Dates of Creation
      1960-24 January 1969
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 folder, miscellaneous bundles of typescript, 1 envelope with lectures. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      E87.58; E95.48

Scope and Content

The collection is composed of lectures on rhetoric, 1960-1964, and, transcript and correspondence on a teach-in on chemical and biological warfare, 24 January 1969, tape transcripts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Geoffrey D. Carnall has taken the degrees of M.A. and B.Litt. He was appointed as a Lecturer in English Literature at Edinburgh University in 1960 and continues to be (in 2003) an Honorary Fellow at The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. In 1969, Carnall initiated, with Martin Pollock, the then Professor of Molecular Biology, a teach-in at Edinburgh University on the topic of Chemical and Biological Warfare (a teach-in being 'a prolonged and public discussion on a matter of national concern' and a concept originally growing out of the nature and conduct of the Vietnam War). Key experts came to Edinburgh, including a Government Minister and senior staff from the Research Establishment at Porton Down. Mr. Tam Dalyell (elected Edinburgh University Rector in 2003) was also present as a speaker, as was Mr. V. G. Filatov, a Counsellor at the (then) Soviet Embassy. Carnall has published Robert Southey and his age: the development of a conservative mind (1960), Robert Southey (1964), and To keep the peace (1965). He co-edited The Impeachment of Warren Hastings: papers from a bicentenary commemoration (1989), and he edited and completed John Butt's The mid-eighteenth century (1979) and Marjorie Sykes An Indian tapestry: Quaker threads in the history of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; from the seventeenth century to independence (1997). With others he was involved in The representation of business in English literature (2000). He has also published many essays.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Warfare lecture, acquired from G. D. Carnall, April 1987, Accession no. E87.58. Lectures, rhetoric, acquired from G. D. Carnall, July 1995, Accession no. E95.48.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using freely available online information, and the following published material: (1) University of Edinburgh journal. Vol.20. 1961-1962. p.8. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1962. (2) University of Edinburgh journal. Vol.24. 1969-1970. pp.90-91. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1970.

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

E94.72 has been placed alongside the content of E87.58.

Corporate Names