1891 Handwritten Diary Rev Williamson Edinburgh Scotland Friend Queen Victoria

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Seller: diaries (7,765) 100%, Location: Issaquah, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 401649271635 WELCOME TO SALLY’S DIARIES: Up for auction today is a handwritten diary belonging to a well known Church of Scotland Minister. His name was Andrew Wallace Williamson. First off, the diary and his calling cards are original but the photo I printed off the web. Reverend Williamson had a long and very distinguished career, part of which had to do with Queen Victoria. Before I get to the diary I want to give you a little information concerning Reverend Williamson, and I quote…. “Born in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire on 29 December 1856, he was educated at Wallace Hall Academy and the University of Edinburgh. He was Assistant Minister at North Leith Parish Church and then Minister at St Cuthbert’s, Edinburgh. During this time he was also a lecturer in pastoral theology at his old university. He received the honorary degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of St Andrews in 1900. In 1909 he was appointed the incumbent at St Giles' Cathedral and the following year Dean of the Thistle and Dean of the Chapel Royal. In 1913 he was the Church of Scotland’s annual Moderator. He lived at 44 Palmerston Place in Edinburgh's fashionable West End. He died on 10 July 1926 and is buried on the central path of the northern extension to Dean Cemetery in western Edinburgh.” This next part of his bio I got from an early 1926 Glasgow Herald newspaper (from the web). It was written upon his death and I want to quote the part concerning Queen Victoria…. “Queen Victoria’s Hope: During the course of his career Dr. Williamson had many honours conferred on him. St. Andrews gave him his D. D. in 1890; and as chaplain of the Royal Scottish Academy he was elected as Hon. Academician in 1910. He was the Chapel Royal in Scotland, and Chaplain-in-Ordinary to the King in Scotland, an office in which he held in the reign of Kind Edward. In 1865 he preached his first sermon before Queen Victoria at Crathie and from then until her death she heard him annually. (On a side note; Crathie Kirk is a small Church of Scotland parish church in the Scottish village of Crathie, best known for being the regular place of worship of the British Royal Family when they are holidaying at nearby Balmoral Castle.) On one occasion while he was at dinner the Queen sent a message hoping he would enjoy the meal as well as she had enjoyed his sermon. More than once Queen Victoria was so pleased with his discourse that she requested him to get it printed for her. Among Dr. Williamson’s most cherished possessions were signed presentation photographs of Queen Victoria and Princess Beatrice, at whose request he officiated at Crathie on the occasion of the first anniversary service in memory of Prince Henry of Battenberg.” As far as the diary is concerned, he has signed the very first page and sadly there are only about 30 days that have handwritten entries and I’ve scanned most of those pages. As far as the shape of the diary, it’s in good condition other than the very first page (as you can see in the scan) which is pulling away from the binding and the inside front and back sections of the cover have small tears at the spine. The diary measures about 2 3/4” x 4 3/4”. Condition: See Item Description, Binding: Softcover, Wraps, Year Printed: 1891, Subject: Religion & Spirituality, Original/Facsimile: Original, Special Attributes: 1st Edition, Region: Europe, Author: Williamson, Language: English

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