Correspondence and papers of the Very Rev. John Lee, Principal of Edinburgh University, with the material collected by him. Includes correspondence, mainly relating to church and university affairs, 1791-1859; correspondence of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 1638; extracts made by him, chiefly from kirk session records 17th-19th century; notebooks, addresses and literary MSS; collected MSS incl papers of and relating to Alexander Carlyle.
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Lee, John (1779-1859), principal of Edinburgh University, entered Edinburgh University, 1794; MD, 1801; licensed as a preacher, 1807; professor of church history at St Mary's College, St Andrews, 1812-21; minister of the Canongate Church, Edinburgh, 1821; DD, St Andrews, 1821; chaplain-in-ordinary to the king, 1830; principal of Edinburgh University, 1840-59; professor of divinity, 1843-59; especially learned in Scottish literary and ecclesiastical history.
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Presented, 1942, by Mrs. Lee, the Principal's granddaughter. The Church of Scotland has placed those of the papers which are its property in the National Library on permanent deposit.