James Kellock Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains: conference papers, reports, constitution and meeting minutes relating to church union; pamphlets and articles on Indian church unity; and cuttings and articles on Anglican and Presbyterian union in Scotland.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Kellock, (United Free) Church of Scotland missionary in India, was born in Glasgow on 9 June 1889. He studied at Glasgow Academy then took an MA in Economic Science at Glasgow University in 1911 followed by a year at the University of Marburg. He saw war service in France between 1914 and 1919, then graduated in 1919.

Kellock was appointed a missionary with the United Free Church of Scotland in 1919 and joined the staff of Wilson College, Bombay in 1920. He was Professor of Economics and Philosophy until 1944 when he was appointed Principal. He was noted for his ability to reconcile differences during the difficult period leading to and after independence. Kellock was also deeply involved in negotiations towards a united church and was the Moderator of the United Church of Northern India between 1950 and 1953. Even after he left India he continued to promote church union and to keep up with developments, in particular the 1957 Plan of Union. His Break Through for Church Union (India: CLS, 1965) is a comprehensive history of developments in this area. Kellock was married in December 1920 and died on 10 June 1968.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers. It is essential to arrange an appointment in advance to view the archive in order that someone can be available to help. Please contact us by email at divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk. Telephone the Centre on: 0131 650 8900. Postal address: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Acquisition Information

The papers were presented to the Centre through Reverend Dr William Stewart.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue is available to visitors to the Centre.

Archivist's Note

Description originally written and researched by Caroline Brown in July 2001. This was added to Archives Hub in August 2012 by Louise Williams.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction of materials (for example by digital camera) is free for private research and educational use, although we ask researchers to sign an agreement. Please contact us for enquiries on using the material in a commercial setting, for which there will be a fee. Contact us by email at divinity-CSWC@ed.ac.uk. Telephone the Centre on: 0131 650 8900. Postal address: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh School of Divinity, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, EH1 2LX.

Accruals

No further additions to the collection are expected.

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