Macphail, James Russell

Reference code(s): GB 0237 Edinburgh University, CSCNWW 43
Held at: Centre for the Study of World Christianity, University of Edinburgh
Title: Macphail, James Russell
Date(s) of contents: c 1963-1969
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 4 boxes


Name of creator(s): Macphail, James Russell (1901-1968)

Administrative/Biographical history: James Russell Macphail, Church of Scotland missionary in Madras, India, was born in Glasgow on 18 July 1901. He was educated at Glasgow Academy then at Glasgow University (MA 1922) after which he studied theology at New College, Edinburgh. He went to Madras with the Church of Scotland in 1924 as a teacher at the Madras Christian College. In 1926 he returned to Edinburgh to be a student assistant and was ordained in 1928 returning to Madras in the same year. Macphail was in India for a total of 43 years during which time he was professor of English Literature, Warden and Principal of the college. He was author of several books and was made DD of Glasgow University. During his retirement Macphail prepared a manuscript to be published as King and Teacher. When he died it was almost ready for the press and was published posthumously in three parts as The Parables of Jesus - King and Teacher (Madras: CLS, 1976), The Sermons of Jesus - King and Teacher (Madras: CLS, 1977), and The Kingdom and the King (Madras: CLS, 1977). Macphail had retired in March 1968 and he died soon after on 28 September 1968.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: The collection was presented to the Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World


Scope and content/abstract: The collection consists of: draft manuscripts of King and Teacher, A Practical Guide to the Reading of the Bible, The Lord's Prayer, The Lord's Supper and The Benediction; other articles, addresses and broadcasts by Macphail; and issues of Societas Liturgica.

System of arrangement: The material is arranged as described above.


Language: English.

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 archives of the foreign missions of the Church of Scotland are held by the National Library of Scotland. The Centre holds other collections relating to the work of the Church of Scotland in India. The Centre also has books and pamphlets by Macphail.


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: (1) The Kingdom and the King (Madras: CLS, 1977), (2) Fasti Ecclesiae Scotticanae (vol. IX).

Date(s) of descriptions: 9 August, 2001


Personal names
Macphail | James Russell | 1901-1968

Corporate names
Church of Scotland

South Asia