Skip to Main Content

Archives and Special Collections: Haldane Collection

Collection Information

Collection: Haldane Collection

Classmark: Haldane

Biographical/administrative history: 

Collection of books donated by the Haldane family, who formerly owned the Airthrey Estate, on which the University of Stirling is built. Robert Haldane of Gleneagles bought the estate in 1759. His great nephew, Robert (1764-1842), made many improvements, including the building of Airthrey Castle to a design by the architect, Robert Adam. He also added many trees to the estate and created the loch, which is at the centre of today’s campus.

Robert Haldane junior was a theological writer and funder of evangelistic enterprises.  He financed a number of mission projects in Scotland in the late 18th/early 19th century, including the setting up of classes for lay preachers and the establishment of a number of new congregations in Edinburgh.  His brother, James (1768-1851), was also an evangelist. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel at Home in 1798 in Edinburgh.


The collection contains mostly theology books of the 17th – 19th centuries, including titles by Robert and James Haldane.

Extent: 139 titles

Catalogue Information

All books are listed in the online library catalogue. To browse the collection, do a search for ‘Haldane’ then limit your search to print books.

Additional Collection Information

Custodial history: Donated to the University by the Haldane family in 2011.

Accruals: None expected.

Access conditions: Please contact us in advance of a visit by emailing

Languages: English, French, Latin

Using the collection

Archives Reading Room

Opening Hours:

10.00 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Monday - Friday

Contact us:

Tel. 01786 466619


Please contact us in advance of your visit. Material can be ordered in advance by emailing us at