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Papers of Edward McKillop Young (1873-1942)

Identifier: CSWC 8

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of circa 1026 sides of Young's closely written commentary on the Bible, Christianity and God in modern society, with some reference to books read by him. The material is arranged as diary entries but there seem to be very few personal references apart from December 1941 when Japanese occupation of the area in which Young was living is mentioned. The material begins with page 833 and is obviously only part of a larger collection of notes.


  • Creation: 1900-1941

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Biographical / Historical

Edward McKillop Young, (United Presbyterian and United Free) Church of Scotland Missionary in Manchuria, China, was born in 1873 in Kinross, Scotland. He attended the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MB, ChB in 1899. He was appointed by the mission in 1899 and left for China in the same year. In 1900 he was ordained by the United Presbytery of Edinburgh and in 1902 he married Dr Katharine Constance Sampson. He retired in 1932 but spent many years in Shanghai and died there in 1942.


1 volume


The pages are all numbered and dated. They are kept in the covers of a book which was owned by Young on his way to China.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Church of Scotland deposited with the Centre several collections relating to missionaries in China and these papers probably formed part of this deposit.


None expected.

Related Materials

The archives of the Church of Scotland foreign missions are held by the National Library of Scotland and include correspondence with Young. Papers of other missionaries working in Manchuria are held by the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World as are several books on the development of missionary work in Manchuria.


The biographical history was compiled using the following material: (1) the collection itself, (2) Fulton, Austin. Through Earthquake Wind and Fire. Edinburgh: The Saint Andrew Press, 1967. (3) Lamb, J. A. (ed.). Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, 1956.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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