Letters of James Milne (1865-1951)

Scope and Content

The correspondence consists of: letter to Chesson, 1906; letter 1916; and, undated letter to Mathews.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Scottish journalist, novelist, and editor James Milne was born in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, on 25 September 1865, and grew up in Aboyne. He was educated locally in Strathdon and Aboyne and attended classes at Edinburgh University. After serving on the staff of newspapers in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, he went to Fleet Street becoming the Literary Editor of the Daily Chronicle, 1904-1918. Milne was the editor and founder of Book monthly in 1903. He contributed to the Daily telegraph, Scotsman, and Cornhill magazine, mainly on literary subjects. He used the pseudonyms Eliot Buckram and Elijah True. His publications include The Gordon Highlanders, My summer in London, The road to Kashmir, and Printer's devil: or how books happen. James Milne died on 19 March 1951.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Letters among other purchased, June 1971, Accession no. E71.17.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Who was who 1951-1960. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1961.

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.