George Henderson Collection of Gaelic MSS and working papers

Scope and Content

A collection of several hundred Gaelic manuscripts and transcriptions formed by the Rev. Dr George Henderson (d. 1912), lecturer in Celtic studies at Glasgow University from 1906 to 1912. One of the treasures of the collection is the 17th-century Ratisbon Manuscript, a collection of religious and poetical works in Gaelic, which until 1862  was in the possession of the monastery of St James at Ratisbon (Regensburg).

Administrative / Biographical History

George Henderson was Minister  for the Church of Scotland at Eddrachillis (Tongue) between 1901 and 1911. He was a Lecturer in Celtic Studies  at University of Glasgow from 1906 until his death in 1912. He gained his M.A. at the University of Edinburgh in 1898 and his received a PhD from the University of Vienna. He married Agnes D. Niebuhr.

See: Hew Scott, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation (New ed., Edinburgh, 1915- ) .


Items in the collection numbered by Rev. John McKechnie, Ontario, Canada, 1969 and published in his Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland (Boston, 1973).

Access Information

private records deposited by owners


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Custodial History



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Related Material

See also papers of Donald McNicol, which formed part of Henderson's collection, shelved at MS Gen 60. Papers of John Kennedy and Alexander Cameron, incorrectly numbered by MacKechnie with Henderson's papers (MS Gen 1090/30-75), are now shelved at MS Gen 1708-1709


Donald Mackinnon, A descriptive catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, and elsewhere in Scotland (Edinburgh, 1912), pp 318-320 ; John Mackechnie, Catalogue of Gaelic manuscripts in selected libraries in Great Britain and Ireland (Boston, 1973), vol. 1, pp. 365-395, 401-105

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