Papers of Brian Tinley Shepherd Simpson

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises his voluminous correspondence with his mother and others, as well as a wealth of material (including photographs and correspondence with the Rev. W. Awdry, author of Thomas the Tank Engine stories) relating to his passionate interest in railway transport.

ms38103:ms38103:Correspondence of Canon BST Simpson with his mother, Mrs BW Simpson, 1936-1963;Correspondence of Canon BST Simpson with his mother, Mrs BW Simpson, 1936-1963;one letter to Simpson from Sir James Irvine, 1937;one letter to Simpson from Sir James Irvine, 1937;Edited transcript by the author of some of the letters written to his mother during a year spent at Union College, New York, 1936-7;Edited transcript by the author of some of the letters written to his mother during a year spent at Union College, New York, 1936-7;Typescript autobiography, From foot-plate to foot-pace, 1936-7.

ms38355:ms38355:Correspondence of Canon BST Simpson with Mrs Jollyman, Mr M.A. Gill and others and other manuscript material, together with manuscript items removed from books which were bequeathed to the library by the Canon.

Administrative / Biographical History

Canon Brian Tinley Shepherd Simpson (1912-1997), was a priest of the Scottish Episcopal Church. He studied at St Andrews University, 1934-38 and trained at Lincoln Theological College 1938-40. He was made Deacon in 1940 and Priest in 1941, serving as Chaplain St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth 1940-45 and Priest in Charge Strathtay (with Aberfeldy) 1942-45. He had permission to officiate in Diocese of York 1945-47, and was Itinerant Priest in the diocese of Moray and priest in charge of Glenurquhart 1947-64, Chaplain Tiffield School, Northamptonshire 1964-65, then served in parishes in Northamptonshire 1965-67, Johannesburgh, South Africa 1967, Alice Springs, Australia 1968, and Caversham, New Zealand 1969. He returned to Scotland as Rector of Duror, Oban 1970-80, and was Canon of St John's Cathedral, Oban 1978-80, retiring in 1980, thereafter being Honorary Canon of Oban Cathedral until his death on 10 February 1997.

Source: DM Bertie, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000 (Edinburgh, 2000).

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Note

Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

No list.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 227 procedures.

Custodial History

Part of the collection was given to the university by Canon Simpson in 1988 and part was bequeathed to the University by him and transferred in 1997.