CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 2843
TitleSir Thomas Taylor: Principal of Aberdeen University: papers
Date1915 - 1973
Extent2.31 linear metres
Creator NameTaylor; Sir; Thomas Murray (1897-1962); Principal of Aberdeen University
Administrative HistoryThomas Murray Taylor, son of John Taylor, a cattle salesman from Keith, Moray, was born in Keith on 27 May 1897. After distinguished careers at Keith Grammar School and Aberdeen University, where he graduated M.A. with first-class honours in classics in 1919 and LL.B. in 1922, he was called to the Scottish Bar in 1924, appointed advocate depute in 1929 and senior advocate depute in 1934. He then returned to Aberdeen University to become professor of law in 1935, which chair he occupied until appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1948. In 1939 he married Helen M. Jardine, M.B., Ch.B., M.D. He died in 1962.

For a fuller account see a memorial volume 'Speaking to Graduates, Sir Thomas Murray Taylor', (ed) AM Hunter and W Lillie, Aberdeen University Study number 148, 1965. The volume also contains a selection of graduation addresses and a selection of sermons.
SourceGifted by Lady Taylor in 1974. In 1963 a number of medals, medallions and diplomas, official commissions, warrants etc. and some student lecture notes were deposited by Lady Taylor. These are listed after the later collection.
DescriptionCopies of published works by or concerning Taylor, 1946 - 1965; Manuscript or typescript addresses, mostly from graduation ceremonies, 1946 - 1962; Sermons, speeches or reviews, 1937 - 1961; Papers concerning the law, including the Scottish Amalgamated Silks prosecution, 1932, and activities as sheriff principal of Renfrew and Argyll, 1932 - 1949; Lectures delivered on law, 1935 - 1959; Legal opinions, 1936 - 1945; Notes and correspondence relating to meetings of the Aberdeen Association of University Teachers, 1950 - 1952; Correspondence relating to post as Principal, 1954; Negotiations with University Grants Committee, 1961 - 1962; Papers relating to Commission of Enquiry into Crofting Conditions, 1951 - 1961; Papers relating to other public works, 1956 - 1958; Drafts and correspondence relating to 'The Principles of the Scottish Reformation', address to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and other church matters, 1959 - 1960; Lecture notes as student, etc., letters to wife and family, general material, 1915 - 1962.

MSS. 2843/19-27, 1915 - 1962, is a collection of miscellanea; these include: lecture notes and addresses, etc., written when a student at Aberdeen University 1915 - 1922; honours, diplomas and warrants, with relevant correspondence; papers relating to appointment of chair in law at Aberdeen University; miscellaneous papers and correspondence relating to actions when Principal or official visits to Universities; letters to family and friends and to his wife before and after marriage; personal newspaper cuttings; notes on reading or excerpts for study.
AppraisalMedals transferred to the museum, 2022.
ArrangementThe papers have been listed in order in which they were originally arranged by Lady Taylor.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
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