Macphail Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0233 Acc 8285, Acc 8299, Acc 8756, Acc 10029, Acc 11818
Held at: National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division
Domain: archival
Title: Macphail Papers
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Name of creator(s): Macphail, Earle Monteith (1861-1937)

Administrative/Biographical history: Earle Monteith Macphail, Scottish missionary to India, was born in 1861 in Aberdeen the son of James Macphail, D.D., of Pilrig Church, Edinburgh. He was educated at Edinburgh University (M.A. 1883, B.D. 1890) where he was one of the founders of Edinburgh University Students' Representative Council and he was Cunningham Fellow at New College in 1889. He also attended universities in Jena, Tubingen and Berlin, Germany. From 1886-1887 Macphail had been an acting professor at Madras Christian College and, after being ordained as a United Free Church of Scotland missionary in 1890, he returned to Madras as a professor of History and Economics. In 1899 Macphail became a fellow of Madras University and later its principal (1921) and vice-chancellor (1923-5). He sat on the Legislative Council between 1919 and 1922 and was a member of the Council of State in 1924. Between 1925 and 1927 Macphail represented the European constituency of Madras in the Legislative Assembly of India of which he was deputy chairman in 1927. He retired in 1927. Macphail was made CBE in 1919 and CIE in 1924. He was awarded an honorary D.D. from Edinburgh in 1922 and LL.D from Madras in 1932. He died on 19 January 1937 in Edinburgh.

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Immediate source of acquisition: Acc 8285 was presented in 1982. The National Library of Scotland purchased Acc 8299 in 1982 and Acc 8756 in 1984. Acc 10029 was deposited in 1990. Acc 11818 was deposited at various times since 1993.


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Related material: Edinburgh University New College Library holds papers relating to Macphail.


Note: Administrative history is that compiled for Mundus by Edinburgh University New College Library.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002


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Macphail | Earle Monteith | 1861-1937

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