Letters of Joseph Gibson Haldane (1887-1977)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of circular letters from the Church of Scotland regarding the training of missionaries and youth movements (1929-30); letters from missionaries at Conjeeveram (Kanchipuram), South India to Haldane giving news of the mission and an agenda for a mission meeting (1930); a letter from Haldane in India to members of the YMCA and YWCA in Glasgow thanking them for their donations (c 1930); a proposed scheme of church union in South India (1930); a circular letter from the Church of Scotland Mission, Chingleput regarding Haldane's visit to the Convention of the Marthoma Syrian Christian Church (c 1930); and a farewell address to Haldane by the citizens of Chingleput (1934).

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Gibson Haldane, Church of Scotland missionary in India, was born in 1887. He was based at the mission in Chingleput, South India, where he was widely known for his educational as well as missionary work. Haldane was popular with the Indians that he worked with, partly because of the respect that he showed for the Hindu religion and culture. He left India in 1934 because of the ill health of his wife and died in 1977.


The material is arranged in chronological order.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

The material was presented to New College Library by Glasgow University Archives in August 1990.


The biographical history was compiled using information from the collection.

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

Other Finding Aids

The Index to Manuscripts held at New College Library mentions the collection. A handlist is filed in the New College Inventory of Manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Use

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Related Material

The National Library of Scotland has an extensive collection of missionary records including some from Joseph Gibson Haldane of Canal Street, Paisley.

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