Papers of John Guthrie Tait, 1861-1945, Professor of English literature and principal of the Central College, Bangalore, India

Scope and Content

  • Printer's proof copy of The Journal of Sir Walter Scott 1825-26 (ed J G Tait) 1939
  • Correspondence about work for all volumes of The Journal of Sir Walter Scott 1825-26, and associated publications on the Journal by J G Tait 1924-1947
  • Correspondence and other papers of Margaret Tait about her and her father's interest in Sir Walter Scott 1971-1986

Administrative / Biographical History

John Guthrie Tait (1861-1945 ) attended the  University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge and then proceeded to the English Bar. He left for India while still in his twenties, to assume the Chair of English in the Mysore Government Central College at Bangalore, India, where he was later to become Principal, from which he retired in  1917 ; and he married while there as well. On his return to Edinburgh after the First World War, he began a detailed examination of the journals of  Sir Walter Scott, collating the MSS in the Pierpoint Morgan Library, New York, with the edition published in  1890 . This work showed that that edition had been incomplete, and Tait commenced the work which would lead to his eventual 3-volume edition, The Journal of Sir Walter Scott (Edinburgh and London,  1939-1946 ).

Margaret Tait (1930-1986 ) was the daughter of John Guthrie Tait, and shared his enthusiasm for the works of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832 ).


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Fonds level description compiled by H M Kemp and Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project.