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Call Number ms37231-ms37236
Title Papers of Donald Macpherson Baillie
Date 1912-1954
Description Donald Macpherson Baillie papers, including diaries, letters, essays, lectures, photographs, reviews, sermons.

The papers include engagement diaries, letters, early essays, chapel prayers, orders of service, lectures and addresses, notebooks, registers of students, a diary, memorial, photos, obituary, publications by and reviews of publications by DMB, and sermons, 1912-1954.

There are 115 autograph notebooks, some with enclosures, which contain theological material (sermons, sermon notes, prayers, conference details, lectures, addresses) and non-theological matter (political thoughts, addresses of refugees, diaries).

The loose manuscript material includes sermons, lectures, essays, speeches, broadcasts and working notes; theological notes; works on political thought; correspondence, most of which is personal but which also refers to publications and the Baillie Memorial Fund; pamphlets and publications; press cuttings and c.35-40 portrait photographs.

ms37231/1: Engagement diaries, letters, essays, chapel prayers, orders of service, lectures, notebooks, register of students, diary of journey to USA
ms37231/3-9: Theology notebooks
ms37231/10-11: Sermons
ms37232: Memorials, photographs, obituary
ms37233: Publications by and reviews of publications by DM Baillie

ms37234/1: Sermon register, list of notebooks, statement of record
ms37234/2: Sermons, 1912-1921
ms37234/3: Sermons, 1922
ms37234/4: Sermons, 1923-1924

ms37235/1-2: Sermons, 1925-1931
ms37235/3-4: Sermons, 1933-1940

ms37236/1-4: Essays
Extent 17 boxes, 1 album
Admin History Donald Macpherson Baillie (1887-1954) was Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St Andrews from 1934 to 1954, and an internationally renowned theologian. The obituary in the University's Alumnus Chronicle refers to him as 'one of the most distinguished scholars and the best beloved teacher in our University'.

He was born in the Free Church Manse, Gairloch, on 5 November 1887, a younger son of the Rev. John Baillie of Gairloch (1829-1891) and Annie Macpherson who had been married in 1885. He was educated at Inverness Royal Academy, and then studied at Edinburgh University where he followed an Arts course, 1905-1909. He was a Medallist in Ordinary and Honours Classes of Logic and Metaphysics and Moral Philosophy. He graduated M.A. with First Class Honours in Mental Philosophy, 1909. He also studied at New College, Edinburgh, and at Marburg and Heidelberg. From 1911 until 1914, he was Assistant to the Professor of Moral Philosophy. After his ordination in 1918 he was Minister of Bervie United Free Church, 1918-1923, and then of St. John's, Cupar, 1923-1930, and St. Columba's, Kilmacolm, 1930-1934. In 1934, Baillie became Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews. He died in post on 31 October 1954.

His best-known works are: God was in Christ, (London, 1948), J. The Theology of the Sacraments, (London, 1957), The Christian faith in outline, by Friedrich Schleiermacher, translated from the German with the two editions on opposite pages by D. M. Faith in God and its Christian consummation: the Kerr lectures for 1926, (Edinburgh, 1927), I believe in God, (Edinburgh, 1937), Baillie (ed.), Intercommunion: report of a Theological Commission of Faith and Order, (London 1951), The meaning of the Holy Communion, (Glasgow, [1948]), Baillie (Edinburgh, 1922), Out of Nazareth: a selection of sermons and lectures by Donald M. Baillie, (Edinburgh, 1958).
Related Material ms36304, ms37526/11, ms45879

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