Mylne, Clement Noble

Reference code(s): GB 102 MMS Biographical Series, Box 643A
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Mylne, Clement Noble
Date(s) of contents: ca. 1908-1936
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 1 box


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Clement Noble Mylne was born at Leyton in North London in 1885. He was trained for the ministry at Shebbear College in Devon, then a Bible Christian College. Mylne was the last candidate to be accepted for the Bible Christian ministry prior to its amalgamation with the United Methodist Church in 1907. Immediately after ordination, he joined the Methodist mission to West China and worked at Zhaotong in Yunnan Province, working primarily with the Nosu or I-chia tribe. Between 1912 and 1917 he built up a network of schools, Bible Study groups, using the Roland Allen method, and churches across an area half the size of Wales.

Forced to return to England by ill health in 1917, Mylne worked in home circuits before returning to China in 1921. Ill health again forced his withdrawal from missionary work in 1927. He served the remainder of his ministry in home circuits. He lived in Jersey from 1939 to 1946 where he and his family were for a time imprisoned by the Germans. He retired from the ministry in 1951 and died on 21st January 1970.

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Bequeathed via Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford by Mylne's daughter, Professor Vivienne Mylne.


Scope and content/abstract: Letters to Mylne, chiefly from a fellow-missionary, WH Hudspeth (1887-1976), a colleague of Samuel Pollard, working with the Miao people in South West China and 3 letters about Mylne written to his daughter, Vivienne, following his death in 1970; notebook diaries and diary extracts 1908-1916 and 1922-23; notebooks containing texts of talks and unpublished typescripts about work, travel and experiences in China and photographs (negatives and prints) of people, including Nosu individuals and groups, and places.

System of arrangement: See Scope and Content


Language: English

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted

Conditions governing reproduction: No publication without prior written permission. Apply to SOAS Archives in first instance.

Finding aids: Handlist available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room, SOAS Library.


Related material: Papers of Mylne's daughter, Professor Vivienne Mylne, are held by Jersay Archive Service and by the University of Kent.


Archivist's note: This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS with reference to the Methodist Archives Biographical Index compiled by the University of Manchester and the Minutes of Conference, 1970, of the Methodist Church.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2005

Indigenous populations

Personal names
Hudspeth | William Harrison | 1887-1976 | missionary and anthropologist
Mylne | Clement Noble | 1885-1970 | missionary

Corporate names
Bible Christians

East Asia
Yunnan Province