Papers of Andrew Bennett

Scope and Content

Bennett's papers relate to his wide interests in Scottish history, law and culture, and include notes, copied extracts from published books, correspondence and other papers (including some personal and professional material, as well as some papers relating to University business). In addition, he was a keen amateur poet and artist, interests which are also well represented in the collection. There are albums of newspaper articles written by Bennett and others, 1910s-1930s.

The photographs within the collection include images by Thomas Rodger, John Fairweather, John Dryburgh, Valentines of Dundee and George Washington Wilson of Aberdeen and include photographs of golf, the university buildings and events as well as family subjects. Some watercolours are also to be found in the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Andrew Bennett (1871-1958) was Secretary of the Court, Senatus Academicus and General Council of the University of St Andrews, and acted as Registrar and Law Agent to the University from 1903 to 1941. He lived all his life in St Andrews.



Access Information

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 Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.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


There are many references to Andrew Bennett within the General Index to manuscripts held in the Library of the University of St Andrews. See also under St Andrews, University, Secretary. Many of the notebooks contain notes taken in shorthand.

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. Special conditions apply to photographs.

Custodial History

The collection was gifted to the University and accessioned in 1975.

Related Material

GB227 ms38573 Papers of Mrs MN Wright (d. 2001), daughter of Andrew Bennett, ca. 1930-1987;GB227 UYUY7/Sec Papers of the Secretaries of the University of St Andrews.

Additional Information

This material is original or is original notes extracted from published sources.

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