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Papers of the Very Rev. Professor Archibald Hamilton Charteris (1835-1908)

Identifier: GD31

Scope and Contents

The collection comprises: lectures on Galatians, session 1885-1886; lecture book, prophecy in the Old testament, 1896-1897; a volume of newspaper cuttings and obituary notices, and including an address by Dr. I. Mitford Mitchell at the dedication of the Charteris Memorial Church in Edinburgh, 1912; and, Canonicity, a collection of early testimonies to the canonical books of the New Testament, with notes by Charteris.


  • Creation: 1880-1912

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Physical Description

4 volumes. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical / Historical

Archibald Hamilton Charteris was born in Wamphray, Dumfriesshire, on 13 December 1835. He was educated at the school in Wamphray and then he studied at Edinburgh University and at Tuebingen and Bonn. He was a Minister successively at St. Quivox, South Ayrshire, Newabbey, Kirkcudbrightshire, and the Park Parish, Glasgow. In 1868 he was appointed Professor of Biblical Criticism at Edinburgh University, a post which he held until 1898, after which he became Emeritus Professor. Charteris was instrumental in the setting up of the Church of Scotland's parish magazine Life and work, the Woman's Guild, and the Deaconess Hospital. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1892, and from 1901 he was Chaplain in Ordinary to King Edward VII in Scotland. His publications included Life of Professor James Robertson (1863) and The church of Christ. The Very Rev. Professor Archibald Hamilton Charteris died on 24 April 1908.


4 Volumes

Physical Location

MSS CHAR 1.1-4

Other Finding Aids

Local lists.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Materials

The local Indexes on Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division, George Square, Edinburgh, show various references to Charteris related material (check the Indexes for more details): letter, 1913, at Sar. Coll.8; letter to A. Berriedale Keith about lectures on the Australian Constitution, 1929, at Gen. 145/1/63; letter to Charteris from the Secretary of Everyman, 1913, at Sar. Col. 8; letter to Mrs. Wauchope, at Dk.2.14, p.37; and, letter to D. Laing enclosing a letter from Miss E. Hamilton conveying the thanks of the ladies' class in biblical criticism to those responsible for arranging an exhibition of manuscripts, 1874, at La.IV.17; letter of Charteris to Sir. C. J. Pearson, 1901, at Gen. 756, no. 80.

In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: correspondence with Lord Balfour of Burleigh, 1881-1889, Private, Ref. NRA(S)0923 NRA 18285 Bruce; and, correspondence with Blackwoods, 1862-1898, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. MSS 4168-4714 passim.

Physical Description

4 volumes. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.

Physical Facet

Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.


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Repository Details

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