Papers of the Rev. William Thomas Cairns (1868-1944)

Scope and Content

The material is composed of: a folder of hymnological notes and papers, 1927-1943, from Cairns' library, which includes a hardcover exercise book containing additional notes, circa 1900; a folder of hymnological notes, 1932-1942, from the library of Rev. Millar Patrick; miscellaneous hymns and folksongs collected by Cairns, 1922-1942; some leaves on the anthems of Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876), 1939; and, miscellaneous leaves on Wesley, 1943

Administrative / Biographical History

William Thomas Cairns was born in 1868. He received an Honorary D.D. from Edinburgh University on 28 June 1935. The Rev. William Thomas Cairns died in 1944.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Local lists.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes at Special Collections Division, Edinburgh University Library, George Square, show references to Cairns related material (check the Indexes for more details): letters to William Fraser Mitchell, 1931-1942, and letters of Mrs. W. T. Cairns to Mitchell, 1929-1938, and an article by Cairns on 'The relations between John Newton and William Coroper' from The Hymn Society Bulletin, 1941, at Gen. 1948/7.