Papers of George Newlands, Professor Emeritus of Divinity & Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Notes from lectures, 1964-early 21st century;
  • Notes from sermons, 1965-2007;
  • Papers relating to Church of Scotland doctrine, with focus on civil partnerships & same-sex marriage, 1980s-2000s;
  • Papers relating to Newlands and Trinity College, mid-20th century-early 21st century;
  • Draft publications, late 20th century-early 21st century;
  • Publications, 1990s-2000s.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Newlands is Professor Emeritus of Divinity in the University of Glasgow and has been an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow since 2008.

At the University of Glasgow he has also held the posts of Lecturer in Divinity, 1969-73, Professor of Divinity, 1986–2008, Dean of the Faculty of Divinity 1988-90, and Principal, Trinity College, Glasgow, 1991–97 and 2002–07.

Outwith Glasgow he has been Dean of the Faculty of Divinity and Head of Department, and previously a University Lecturer in Divinity in Cambridge, among many other academic appointments. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Fellow of New College, Edinburgh, and President of the Society for the Study of Theology (2013-2014.)

Newlands was educated at Edinburgh (MA 1st Cl. Classics (Vans Dunlop Scholar, 1963); BD 1st Cl. Eccles. Hist. (Cunningham Fellow, 1966); PhD 1970; DLitt 2005), Heidelberg and Cambridge (MA). He became an Ordained minister of the Church of Scotland in 1970, and priest of the Church of England in 1982. He is a past Convener of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland’s Panel on Doctrine, has served on the Doctrine Committees of the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church, and was a founding member of Affirmation Scotland.

Newlands’ research interests are in modern systematic theology, Christology, emancipatory theology and the history of Christian thought. Recent publications are: Traces of Liberality ( Peter Lang, 2005), Christ and Human Rights (Ashgate 2006), Faith and Human Rights (Fortress 2008) and Hospitable God (Ashgate 2010.)

Sources:; ‘NEWLANDS, Rev. Prof. George McLeod’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 [, accessed 10 March 2014]


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Prof George Newlands : 19 Jun 2013 : ACCN 3772


Collection box listed by Callum Morrison, Archive Assistant, 29 Jan 2014. Collection level description created by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 10 Mar 2014

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File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

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