Archibald Drummond d.1680

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Archibald DRUMMOND d.1680

Biographical Note

Second son of James Drummond of Deanstoun (d.1634), minister of Fowlis, and Janet Malcom, daughter of John Malcom, minister of Perth. He graduated M.A from the University of St Andrews in 1641. Admitted minister to the charge of Muthill in the presbytery of Auchterarder in 1646. He left in 1649 having been deposed for “acceding to a divisive supplication." In 1655, he took the charge of Auchterarder from his brother. Archibald died after 25th January 1680, and is buried in the Chapel of Innerpeffray. He married Susanna Douglas, who predeceased him.

The family (his father and two brothers) are described as being “eminently distinguished for their literary abilities, for their exemplary conduct, and for their eloquent and persuasive preaching. Deeply learning in the oriental languages, in philosophy and divinity, they were in every way qualified for the ministry…” (Malcolm, p.56)


Surviving volumes of Archibald’s books are known through the library of his brother James Drummond (d.1695), Bishop of Brechin. James’ library was bequeathed to the Earl of Erroll at Slains Castle, which in turn was purchased in 1918 by the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. Books in the collection with Archibald’s provenance include:

Lancelot Andrewes Tortvra Torti: sive, Ad Matthaei Torti librvm responsio (London, 1609)

John Davenant Determinationes quæstionum quarundam theologicarum (1634)

Isaac Casaubon De rebus sacris et ecclesiasticis exercitationes (London, 1614), inscribed “Librum hunc debuit frator meus Arch. Drummond comiti Tullibardino.” As well as “Archibaldus Drummond.”

Andrew Willet An harmonie upon the first book of Samuel (Cambridge, 1607)

Characteristic Markings

He inscribed his books “Arch. Drummond” or “Archibaldus Drummond.”


  • Catalogue of curious, scarce and valuable 16th, 17th and 18th century books, manuscripts etc. : being the collections of James Drummond, Bishop of Brechin bequeathed by him at his death in 1695 to John, 12th Earl of Erroll with memorials of the coronation of King William IV, 1831
  • Johnstone, James Kellas. Notes on the library of the Earl of Erroll, Slains Castle, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen University Library Bulletin, 3 (1915-18), 411-423.
  • Malcolm, David. A genealogical memoir of the house of Drummond, Edinburgh, 1808
  • The Mitchell Library Glasgow, Catalogue of Incunabula and ESTC Books, 1964
  • Scott, Hew et al. Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, 9 vols, new edn. Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd, 1915–61.