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Letter from John Macmurray to Miss How, and photograph of Macmurray walking with an unidentified individual, 17 July 1933

 File — Box: CLX-A-371
Identifier: Coll-1848/18-0205

Scope and Contents

This file contains a letter dated 17 July 1933 written by John Macmurray from University College, London to a Miss How (Joyce Roberts, nee How) saying he was unable to address the S.C.M at Bedford College, and signed by him. S.C.M possibly stands for 'Student Christian movement'. There is also a photo of Macmurray walking with an unknown individual.


  • 17 July 1933


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Biographical / Historical

John Macmurray retired as Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Edinburgh in 1958. Macmurray was born in Maxwellton, Kirkcudbrightshire, south-west Scotland on 16 February 1891. He was educated at the Grammar School and at Robert Gordon's College in Aberdeen, and then at Glasgow University from which he graduated in 1913. He then went to Balliol College, Oxford, as Snell Exhibitioner and Newlands Scholar, although the First World War interrupted this. His military service lasted between 1914-19, and he served as a Private in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1914, and as a Lieutenant in the Cameron Highlanders from 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross. From 1919 he held academic posts at the University of Oxford and at the University of Manchester, and in 1921 became Professor of Philosophy in the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Between 1922-28 he was back at Balliol College, Oxford, and between 1928-44 was Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at the University of London. In 1944 until 1958 he was Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and also Gifford Lecturer, Glasgow University, 1953-54. Macmurray's publication record spanned some thirty years, fromFreedom in the modern world(1932) toSearch for reality in religion(1965). Professor John Macmurray died 21 June 1976.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated in November 2018. Accession no SC-Acc-2018-0205.

Processing Information

Catalogued in December 2018 by Aline Brodin.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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