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Papers of Professor Robert Henry Lightfoot


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Correspondence, literary papers and lecture notes of Professor R.H. Lightfoot.


  • Creation: 1851-1963


3.02 Linear metres (15 physical shelfmarks)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. MS. 16109/1].

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MSS. 16109/1-15

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16109


Papers of Robert Henry Lightfoot, 1857-1963.

Biographical / Historical

Born 30 Sep 1883. Died 24 Nov 1953.

Professor Lightfoot was the Ireland Professor of Exegesis of Holy Scripture, Oxford University, 1934–1949, and Professor Emeritus from 1949. He was also a Fellow of New College, Oxford, 1921–1950, and became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, in 1950.

His education consisted of Eton (Scholar); Worcester College, Oxford (Exhibitioner); Bishop’s Hostel, Farnham. 1st Class Theological Honours, 1907; Liddon Student, 1907; Senior Greek Testament Prize, 1908; Senior LXX Prize, 1908.

Lightfoot bcame curate of Haslemere, 1909–1912; Bursar of Wells Theological College, 1912–1913; Vice-Principal, 1913–1916; Principal, 1916–1919; Examining Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, 1913–1953; Fellow and Chaplain of Lincoln College, Oxford, 1919–1921; Bampton Lecturer, 1934; Honorary Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, 1938; Six Preacher at Canterbury Cathedral, 1948–1953.

Furthermore, he also had several publications: History and Interpretation in the Gospels, 1935; Locality and Doctrine in the Gospels, 1938; The Gospel Message of St Mark, 1950.


The collection was received packaged in labelled envelopes and the descriptions on the labels have been retained in the catalogue.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by the Rev. P.M. Haynes as a gift, 28 Oct 1978.

Related Materials

Letters collected by R.H. Lightfoot are MS. Eng. lett. c. 453, fols. 189-211.

Catalogue of the Papers of Robert Henry Lightfoot
Finding aid prepared by Jen Patterson
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom