Name of creator(s): Glen, William (1779-1849)
Administrative/Biographical history: William Glen, Scottish missionary in Russia and translator of the Persian Old Testament, was born in 1779. He spent ten years in Annan, Scotland as a secession minister before going to Astrakhan, Russia as a missionary with the Scottish Missionary Society. His initial role was purely pastoral and Glen concentrated on preaching and attracting converts but he later became interested in Persian and embarked on a translation of the Old Testament. The mission closed in 1834 but the United Association Synod in Scotland funded a return visit by Glen to consult Persian scholars in 1837. The complete Old Testament translation, with a revision of Henry Martin's New Testament, was printed in 1846. Glen returned to Persia to organise distribution and died there in 1849. He was awarded a D.D. by St Andrew's University in 1845.
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CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and content/abstract: The volume contains a treatise on Tartar-Turkish grammar [c 1830] with some pages which have been used at a later date for newspapers cuttings (1865-1871) on church and mission questions.
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ACCESS AND USE
Language: English and Turkish (Tartar).
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Finding aids: The volume is mentioned in the Index to Manuscripts and the Inventory of Manuscripts held at New College Library.
Related material: The manuscript of Glen's bible is held by the British and Foreign Bible Society. A sermon given by William Glen before the Edinburgh Missionary Society in 1817 is held by New College (reference A.c.4.9/2). The National Library of Scotland holds an extensive missionary collection including some letters to and concerning Glen.
Archivist's note: Compiled by Caroline Brown, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives.
Note: The biographical history was compiled using: (1) Bibliographical Dictionary of Christian Missions, G.H. Anderson (ed.) (New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 1998).
Date(s) of descriptions: 7 July 2000