John Baillie, son of Free Church Minister John
Baillie, was born in the Free Church Manse in Gairloch, Wester
Ross, on 26 March 1886. A leading theologian, he held academic
posts in the UK, USA and Canada, was Moderator of the General
Assembly of the Church of Scotland, and President of the World
Council of Churches. His brother Donald Macpherson Baillie was
Professor of Systematic Theology at the University of St. Andrews
and his other brother Peter Baillie served as a missionary doctor
at Jalna, India.
The Baillie papers provide valuable primary
source material for researching John Baillie, his siblings and
wider family as well as that of his spouse, Florence Jewel
Fowler. The material also covers developments in theology and
related disciplines, developments within the church, society and
politics of the period, and extends from the late 19th century
through to the 1960s.