Butler, Marguerite Lucy

Reference code(s): GB 0102 CWM/LMS India Personal Box 3, 4
Held at: School of Oriental and African Studies Library
Domain: archival
Title: Butler, Marguerite Lucy
Date(s) of contents: 1854-1949
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 1 file


Name of creator(s):

Administrative/Biographical history: Marguerite Lucy Butler was born in January 1879 in Hastings, England. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and then trained as a teacher at Cambridge. After further training at the Women's Missionary College in Edinburgh she was appointed by the London Missionary Society to Bangalore, India where as Principal she developed the Girls' High School and "made it renowned throughout Mysore State and beyond", N. Goodall, A history of the London Missionary Society, 1895-1945 , p. 65. She also carried out work with Zenana women and in vernacular schools and served as a member of Senate of the University of Mysore. She wrote a number of books including Hindu women at home published in 1921 by the London Missionary Society. She retired in 1921 but lived on in India until 1944. She died in 1951.

Custodial history: The papers were deposited with the London Missionary Society and form part of the special series of personal papers of individual LMS missionaries and officers.

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited on permanent loan with the records of the London Missionary Society by the Congregational Council for World Mission (later Council for World Mission) in 1973.


Scope and content/abstract: Correspondence, dated c. 1922-24, chiefly with JN Farquhar and others, concerning Marguerite Butler's translations of Kanarese religious verses. Also, drafts of the poems themselves.

Corr c. 1854 to 1865 re the Porter School at Madras, named after her grandmother Mrs Ann Porter. Marguerite Butler's letter about these items dated 1949.

Address presented to Miss Butler on her retirement in 1940.

System of arrangement: As described in Scope and Content.


Language: English Kannada

Conditions governing access: Unrestricted.

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

Finding aids: This description constitutes the only finding aid at present.


Related material: The School of Oriental and African Studies holds the records of the London Missionary Society (Ref: CWM/LMS), including letters and reports from individual missionaries and their application papers. Also held are photographs of the Girls' High School, Bangalore and a pamphlet written by Miss Butler (Ref. CWM/LMS/09/10/6/076).


Archivist's note: This description compiled by Rosemary Seton, Archivist, SOAS with reference to the LMS Register of Missionaries.

Date(s) of descriptions: 2005

Educational missionary work
Religious poetry

Personal names
Butler | Marguerite Lucy | 1879-1951 | educational missionary

Corporate names
London Missionary Society

South Asia