Collection of material relating to John Cairney (b1930), actor, director and playwright

Scope and Content

  • Scripts of plays written by John Cairney c1965-1980
  • Scrapbooks including newspaper cuttings, photographs and mementos relating to John Cairney's career 1946-1978
  • Contracts and other material relating to John Cairney's career, c1952-1980s;
  • Programmes, including many for the Royal Lyceum and Citizens' Theatre 1950s-1980s
  • Photographs and other material c1958-1980s.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Cairney (b. 1930) worked as an actor and director in Scottish theatre and television. He was one of the first graduates from the Royal Academy of Scottish Drama (attending from 1950 to 1953). After graduating he was awarded a contract with the Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow, and then moved to the Bristol Old Vic. He later moved on to television and films. He has had a particular interest in Robert Burns, writing and touring a one-man play, The Robert Burns Story. He has written and produced other plays including The Real McGonagal, The Ivor Novello Story, The Private Life of Robert Louis Stevenson, and A Mackintosh Experience.

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Item level descriptions are available via the online Scottish Theatre Archive catalogue at

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database, formatting and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, November 2002

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