Collection of manuscripts from the personal library of David Murray, 1842-1928, lawyer, archaeologist and antiquary

Scope and Content

David Murray collected a wide number of manuscripts of a varying nature. These number some 1200 documents and include: 

  • Lecture notes on law, mathematics, medicine, science, philosophy, religion, logic, ethics and religion collected or made by David Murray, 18th-19th century
  • Papers relating to William James Duncan (fl 1834-1836) historian and bank manager
  • Miscellaneous commonplace books and household account books, 17th-18th century
  • Papers relating to the Foulis Press and Glasgow Academy of Arts, 1753-1809
  • Papers relating to the Paul Colnaghi (1751-1833) print dealer, early 19th century
  • Papers relating to John Stirling (1954-1777) Principal of the University of Glasgow, early 19th century
  • Correspondence relating to legal court cases, early 18th century

Administrative / Biographical History

David Murray was born in 1842 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was educated at Merchiston Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland and at the University of Glasgow before becoming a solicitor. He was Dean of the Faculty of Procurators of Glasgow between 1895 and 1898 and President of the Archaeological Society of Glasgow between 1895 and 1898. He was Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries 1900-1903, President of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow 1904-1907 and President of the Glasgow Bibliographical Society 1912-1913. A member of the University Court of the University of Glasgow, his published writings include works relating to the history of the University of Glasgow, legal matters, archaeology and ancient monuments. He died in 1928.

Source: Who was Who 1916-1928 (A & C Black Ltd: London, 1929)


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

Access Information

Access is open, however an appointment may be required. Please email Archives and Special Collections for advice:

Acquisition Information

Bequest : David Murray : 1928 : ACCN 0001

Bequest : David Murray : 1928 : ACCN 0881

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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

Held by David Murray. Originally accessioned as 1-352.


Gift : David Murray : 1923 : ACCN 1518

Gift : David Murray : 1910 : ACCN 1670

Unknown : ACCN 1557

Related Material

See also MS Murray Add. A name search for David Murray will find related material, including other items presented by him.

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