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Commonplace-book and other family material relating to Rev. William Henderson Begg

Identifier: Coll-1517

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of:

  1. 1 x commonplace book from c.1900: autograph manuscript, 155pp, which also have enclusures (notes, ephemera). Subjects include: art, aesthetic religion, creeds, calvinism, darwinism, equality, love, missions, Puritan, personality, Rome, reason, and scepticism

There are also:

  1. Photographs being: large family in posed group; kilted man in military unifrom; gentleman in posed portait, wing-collar; woman, head and shoulders portrait with two children, male and female; head and shoulders of minister, in spectacles; colour photograph of minister ('Robert Nov '92' on rear)

In addition, there is a body of material relating to a visit to RAF Leuchars by Queen Elizabeth II on 4 June 1957. The material is composed of:

  1. 9 x black and white photographs showing various aspects to the Royal Visit in June 1957. The photographs were grouped together in a piece of paper bearing 'S/L Henderson-Begg'
  2. 1 x ticket-tag allowing bearer access to the Officers' Mess Enclosure, Royal Visit, 4 June 1957
  3. 2 x invitation cards to the ceremonial at RAF Leuchars, 4 June 1957, and access to Cocktails in the Officers' Mess, in the name of 'Mrs R. J. Henderson-Begg
  4. 1 x programme of events at the ceremonial at RAF Leuchars, 4 June 1957
  5. 2 x route plans for the visit to RAF Leuchars, 4 June 1957
  6. 2 x copies of news-cutting from 'St Andrews Citizen' dated Saturday 8 June 1957, on 'Leuchars' Royal Day'
  7. 1 x news-cutting from 'Daily Record' dated wednesday 5 June 1957


  • Creation: 1900-1957


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

William Henderson-Begg was born in 1877. He was the brother of Capt. Robert Henderson-Begg (b. 1878), Indian Ordnance Department, who died on 24 December 1915 at the Siege of Kut-Al-Amara, Mesopotamia (in present day Iraq). Robert had attended Glasgow Academy as a student, and both William and Robert attended Glasgow University - William graduating in 1898 with the degree of MA, and Robert in 1899 also with an MA. Later, in 1906, William Henderson-Begg was awarded the degree of BD. A Jamieson Bursary had enabled him to attend the Edinburgh Theological College in 1898.

The Rev. William Henderson-Begg was ordained in 1900 and became a priest in 1901. He was a Curate in Leith 1900-1904 and then in Glasgow, at St. George's, 1904-1908. He was Rector at Broughty Ferry from 1908 to 1913. From 1913 he was a Lecturer at Edinburgh Theological College, and Rector at All Saints, Glasgow, 1913-1921. He served as summer Chaplain in Braemar, 1914-1915.

Henderson-Begg was an Examining Chaplain to the Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway, 1920-1921, and Canon at St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, 1920-1921. He was Rector of the Church of St. Paul's, York Place, Edinburgh, 1921-1932, and of St. Paul and St. George's, York Place, 1932-1934. He was also Canon of St. Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, and Synod Clerk for the Diocese of Edinburgh, 1928-1934.

The Rev. William Henderson-Begg died on 29 January 1934. He was buried in the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh. He was survived by Mrs. Henderson-Begg and his sons Robert, Alexander and Colin.


1 box

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material acquired by doantion. Accession no: E2014.05.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 21 March 2014

Material relating to Rev. William Henderson-Begg (1877-1934) and family
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
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