Papers of Professor Charles Mackie (1688-1770)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of: an alphabetical biographical dictionary; dictates Annotationes in ontologiam Gerrardi de Vries and Annotationes in pneumatologiam Gerrardi de Vries taken down by Mackie when a student, 1703-1704; catalogue of library entitled Libri historici, antiquarii, literatores, poetae, etc; chronological notes of the birth and death Mackie's children, circa 1800; commonplace books containing chiefly notes and extracts on Roman history, Scottish history, and general history; Index funereus 29 annorum or lists of persons deceased, circa 1800; Notae in Horatii Turselini Romani Historiarum epitomas ..., 1743; copy of letter to Lord Balgonie at Groeningen in the Netherlands, 1742; and paper on Mackie, circa 1945-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

Charles Mackie was born in Limekilns, Fife, on 31 March 1688. He was educated at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1705, and then he studied abroad at Groeningen in the Netherlands, 1707-1708, and at Leiden, 1715. During the purge of Jacobites within Scotland's university system a vacancy for Mackie seemed possible, and in 1719 he was offered the new Chair of Universal History at Edinburgh University. He held this until 1753. Professor Charles Mackie died in 1770.

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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Sharp, L. W. 'Charles Mackie, the first Professor of History at Edinburgh University'. The Scottish historical review. Vol. 41. No. 131. 1962. pp.23-45. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson, 1962.

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.


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Related Material

The local Indexes show various references to Mackie related material in the Laing Collection (check the Indexes for more details): accounts and a few miscellaneous papers, at La.II.90/2-9; commonplace book, including an index funereus or chronological list of persons deceased, 1737-1749, at La.III.537; A general table of chronology for the assistance of the memory, 1765, at La.III.253; lectures and papers, 1719-1753, at La.II.37; notebook containing conspectus of classical authors, chronology chiefly biographical BC 924-AD1603, at La.III.558; notes and extracts from the correspondence of William Carstares, 1694-1710, at La.II.685; notes in a copy of the Edinburgh almanack, 1750, at La.III.644; form of a discharge for salary, 1767, at La.II.90/2; lectures on universal history based on Torsellino's Historiarum ... epitomae libri decem, 1747-1748, at La.III.237; lectures on Roman antiquities, 1759, at La.III.785; letter to G. Drummond, 1726, at La.II.91; letter to John Mitchell, 1739, at La.II.90/1; letter to W. Wishart, 1740, at La.II.233; letters to Wallace, 1752, at La.II.96/1; letters to the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, 1753-1754, at La.II.90/2; letter to unnamed nobleman, 1757, at La.II.90/3; letter to Boswell, Lord Auchinleck, 1766, at La.II.176; letters to Mackie, 1707-1765, at La.II.91; letters from Dunlop, 1734, 1745, at La.II.581; letter from A. Gordon, 1730, at La.II.220; letter from Maclaurin, 1735, at La.II.236/1; letters from Mitchell, 1717-1746, at La.II.90/1; letter from Tullideph, 1739, at La.II.187/11; letter from Wallace, 1752, at La.II.96/1; letter from Stewart, 1718, at La.II.91; and, mention of Mackie's cousin a letter by Johnson, 1722, at La.II.91.

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