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MACGREGOR, John (d 1892)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 F/MM
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: MACGREGOR, John (d 1892)
Date(s): 1855-1887
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.19 linear metres (119 documents).
Name of creator(s): MacGregor | John | d 1892 | philanthropist


Administrative/Biographical history:

John MacGregor was a barrister and philanthropist with the nickname 'Rob Roy'. He was active in a number of good causes, sitting on the committees of the Ragged School Union, the British and Foreign Bible Society, the Reformatory and Refuge Union and the Protestant Alliance. In 1851 he founded the Shoe Black Brigade, and in 1853 the founded the Open Air Mission, becoming an open-air preacher himself. In 1854, with long-time associate Lord Shaftesbury, he founded the Pure Literature Society. He died in 1892.

Information from The Times, Friday, Jul 22, 1892; pg. 8; Issue 33697; col B.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of philanthropist John MacGregor relating to his charitable work, including letters; scrapbook of pamphlets, newspaper cuttings, hymn sheets, and posters, mainly relating to the Shoe Black Society, the Ragged Schools and general missionary work; album of press cuttings; album of obituary notices for MacGregor; printed ephemera for various charities and sports clubs, including pamphlets and articles by MacGregor.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

F/MM/001 to F/MM/119.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

The following two items forming part of AC/58/002 were transferred to the History Library on 15.1.1958: A. 1873-75 bound volume of The Reformatory and Refuge Journal, B. {1854-1892} bound volume of numerous tracts written by John MacGregor.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 1957 and 1958.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011.

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