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Papers of the Rev. Professor William Cunningham (1805-1861)

Identifier: GD29

Scope and Contents

The collection consist of: notebook of geometry exercises from Duns Academy, 1820, with additional algebra exercises loosely inserted; notebook of student exercises mainly on Latin authors and grammar, 1821-1822; notes of the lectures by Cunningham taken down by Walker, Norman M. D. L., 1844-1845, with a letter from Walker's son, Sir Norman Walker, 1931, loosely inserted; 2 volumes of lectures on apologetics, delivered to students in theology at the Free Church College (the New College), Edinburgh, 1844-1848; lectures on church history, 1845-1855; other lectures, 1847-1854; copies of lectures, mainly on doctrinal history, 1846-1860; notebook listing the books in Principal Cunningham's library; and 2 volumes by Thomas Chalmers, and Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, with annotations by Cunningham.


  • 1820-1931

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Physical Description

15 volumes, 1 box. 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

William Cunningham was born in 1805 in Hamilton. He received his early education in Duns, Berwickshire, and he studied at Edinburgh University. He was licensed in 1828 and ordained as a Minister, at the Middle Church, Greenock, in 1830. In 1843 he was appointed by the General Assembly of the Free Church to one of the Chairs of Theology at New College, Edinburgh, and earlier, in 1842, he received the degree of D.D. from Princeton, New Jersey. In 1845, Cunningham became Professor of Church History at New College, and in 1847 he was made Principal. He died on 14 December 1861.


15 volumes, 1 box.

Physical Location

MSS CUN 2.1-11

Other Finding Aids

Local lists.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Materials

The local Indexes at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division, show a reference to Cunningham related material (check the Indexes for more details): autograph signature of Cunningham, at Dc.3.87/24. Also, within the collections at New College Library, 1829-46: letters to Thomas Chalmers, 1829-1846, at MSS CHA4 (NRA 27818 Chalmers). In addition, the UK National Register of Archives (NRA), updated by the Historical Manuscripts Commission, notes: letters to J. J. Bonar, 1828-1844, National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division, Ref. MS 15998 NRA 27278 Bonar

Physical Description

15 volumes, 1 box. 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

Part of the New College Library Special Collections Repository

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