Papers of James Mearns, 1855-1922, hymnologist and vicar

Scope and Content

Correspondence and related material, including a pasted-up copy of Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology with manuscript revisions.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Mearns, hymnologist, was born in 1855 in Coldstream, Scottish Borders, Scotland. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and the United Presbyterian College in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was ordained in the Church of England, and subsequently became vicar at Ashby de la Launde, Lincolnshire, England, and at Rushden, Hertfordshire, England. Later he became the rector at Wallington, Hertfordshire. He died in 1922.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Gift : General Assembly of the Church of Scotland : August 1974 : ACCN 4719

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents. Applications for permission to quote should be sent to Archives and Special Collections, please email:

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

The collection came to the United Free Church College (subsequently Trinity College), Glasgow in 1923, along with Mearns's collection of circa 2,000 printed books on hymnology, and was transferred with the rest of the College Library to the University of Glasgow in 1974.


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Related Material

GB 247 Mearns collection, 2,000 hymnological works collected by James Mearns, Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department

GB 058 Add MSS 69438-9 James Mearns, notes made for Dictionary of Hymnology 1894-95, British Library, Manuscripts Catalogue); GB 058 MSS Mus. 314-323 James Mearns, hymnological indices, British Library, Manuscripts Catalogue.