CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2283
TitleDr James Cooper, minister and Professor of Church History, Glasgow University: collection of diaries
Date1867 - 1922
Extent44 volumes
Creator NameCooper, James (1846-1922); minister, Professor of Church History.
Administrative HistoryJames Cooper was born in Elgin in 1846, the son of John Alexander Cooper, a merchant and later farmer, near Elgin. He was an eminent minister of the Church of Scotland, serving at St. Stephen's Church, Broughty Ferry, from 1837 to 1881, and at East St. Nicholas Church, Aberdeen from 1881 to 1898. He was then appointed to the chair of Church History at Glasgow University, where he remained until his retirement in 1922. He acted as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1917 and was one of the founders of the Scottish Church Society and the Scottish Ecclesiological Society.

For further details see 'Aberdeen University Review', vol.X
SourceBequeathed by Dr. James Cooper's representatives to the library in 1951.
DescriptionMS 2283/1-4 are apparently volumes ii, iv, vii, viii, of a diary kept by Cooper from 1867 to 1874 when he was a student of arts and divinity at Aberdeen University, travelling abroad, and acting as an assistant minister in Banchory, Stirling and Elgin. They cover the beginning of his ministry at St. Stephen's Church, Broughty Ferry, entries breaking off abruptly at 18th May 1874. There are no diaires for the period from June 1874 to December 1882 and the remainder, for 1883-1922, are written in volumes of 'Charles Lett's Improved Diaries and Notebooks' for each fo these years. Entires are now mainly concerned with engagements to be filled, movements etc., but some 715 letters, papers and newspaper cuttings have been pasted in between pages, on interleaving blotting papers, or remain loosely enclosed.
ArrangementInterleaved items have been given sub-numbers according to the volumes in which they were found, but owing to their bulk they have not been listed in detail. Items found loose have been removed and filed together in order in a box file.
Access StatusOpen
Publication NoteThis collection of diaries was used extensively by H.J. Wotherspoon in his biography, 'James Cooper,a memoir' (London, 1926)
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