Forrester, Duncan

Reference code(s): GB 0237 Edinburgh University, CSCNWW 48
Held at: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Title: Forrester, Duncan
Date(s) of contents: 1950s-1980s
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 21 boxes


Name of creator(s): Forrester, Duncan Baillie (b 1933)

Administrative/Biographical history: Duncan Baillie Forrester, Church of Scotland missionary in Madras, India and theologian, was born in Edinburgh on 10 November 1933. He was educated at St Andrew's University (1951-1955) then spent a year at Chicago University (1955-56). After working in industry for a year he went to Edinburgh University in 1957 to study for the ministry and graduated BD in 1960. He was licensed by the Presbytery of St Andrew's in 1960 and started work at St James' Mission and Hillside Church. In 1961 he went to Madras with the Church of Scotland and was the professor of politics in Madras Christian College until his return to Scotland in 1970. Forrester had been ordained in India in 1962 but he returned to a largely academic life. He was first chaplain but also lecturer at the University of Sussex (1970-1978, receiving a D Phil in 1976), then professor of Christian ethics and practical theology at Edinburgh University where he also acted as Dean of the Faculty of Divinity and was Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues for a period. Forrester received a ThD from the University of Iceland in 1997 and a DD from Glasgow University in 1999. He has published widely, his particular interest being in Indian politics and religion and in ethics and political theology. He retired from Edinburgh University in 2001.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was presented to the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World by Duncan Forrester in the mid 1980s.


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of reports, articles, press cuttings, pamphlets and other papers collected by Forrester relating to India and in particular to Indian politics and religion. Some of the material includes correspondence or drafts of papers to be published by Forrester. The material dates from 1950s-1970s, mainly from the 1960s and early-mid 1970s. Topics covered include: general elections; India emergency (1975); political parties; central government, administration and constitution; state politics and federation; Madras Legislative Assembly Study (1966); politics in Tamilnad, Madras, Andhra, Kerala, UP, and Punjab; religion, secularism, communism, Harijans, and tribal politics; politics of language; community development and Panchayati Raj; education; scheduled caste graduates; caste; Coorgs; and political biography.

System of arrangement: The material is arranged as described above and as deposited in the Centre. The original box titles have been kept.


Language: English and Indian.

Conditions governing access: Contact the repository for details.

Conditions governing reproduction: Contact the repository for details.

Finding aids: A handlist is available.


Related material: The Centre Library holds many books and pamphlets on India.


Archivist's note: Compiled by Caroline Brown, Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World, Edinburgh University.

Note: The biographical history was compiled using Fasti Ecclesiae Scotticanae (editions X and XI)

Date(s) of descriptions: 16 August, 2001


Personal names
Forrester | Duncan Baillie | b 1933

Corporate names
Church of Scotland

South Asia