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Call Number ms38624
Title Papers of Edgar Primrose Dickie
Date 1900-1991
Extent 2 boxes, 2 files, 1 item
Creator Name Edgar Primrose Dickie
Admin History Edgar Primrose Dickie (1897-1991). Born in Dumfries, Dickie's father was the editor of the Dumfries and Galloway Standard. In WWI he was commissioned in the King's Own Scottish Borderers, serving in France and Palestine, and received the Military Cross.

After the war he entered Edinburgh University, graduating with a First Class Honours in Classics, before continuing his studies in that subject at Oxford, receiving another first. He returned to Edinburgh to achieve a brilliant BD in 1926, and then spent a year studying at Marburg and Tubingen. In 1927 he was ordained, and married Ishbel Holmes (who died in 1985). After ministering at St Cuthbert's, Lockerbie, and St Ann's Corstorphine, Edinburgh, Dickie was appointed chair of Divinity at St Andrews University in 1935, which he held until his retirement in 1967. During his time as chair he published 16 theological books and pamphlets as well as children's stories and novels. He was also a popular after-dinner speaker and event-opener.

During WWII, Dickie accompanied the expeditionary forces in 1940 as general superintendent of the kirk's huts and canteen work, and landed on the beaches of Normandy with the liberation forces in 1944. In 1956, Dickie received a royal chaplaincy. He also received honorary doctorates from Edinburgh (1946), and St Andrews (1967).

Dickie died in St Andrews in 1991.
Related Material Information on the photographic material (ms38624) relating to this collection can be found in the University's photographic collections, using the link below.

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