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Letters, notes, testimonials relating to Professor John Thomson

Identifier: Coll-1524

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of:

  1. 1833-1841 - mixed documents connected with Professor John Thomson
  2. 1836-1847 - series of letters between Thomas Chalmers and the Rev. Dr. Muirhead
  3. 1838 - testimonials in favour of John Thomson and in relation to the Reid Professorship
  4. 1840 - series of letters from William Chambers (Music publisher) to John Thomson

Also in the collection is a MS document of unknown date and origin.


  • Creation: 1836-1847


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Biographical / Historical

The Scottish composer John Thomson was the first Reid Professor of Music Theory at Edinburgh University. He was born on 28 October 1805. Thomson was well acquainted with Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy having first met him in Edinburgh in 1829. He renewed his contact with the composer later in Berlin and elsewhere on the continent, also making the acquaintance of Schumann.

Professor John Thomson died in Edinburgh on 6 May 1841.


1 box

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired by donation. Accession no: E2014.12

Related Materials

At Coll-1136, Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, there is letter dated 1838 from Mendelssohn-Bartholdy to J. Thomson (E2008.17).

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 21 March 2014

Letters, notes, testimonials relating to John Thomson (1805-1841), Reid Professor of Music
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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