Baillie Room

The Baillie Room is a boardroom style room with tables and chairs that is used for general teaching.

The room was named after the theologian and ecumenical activist, John Baillie, Professor of Divinity, 1934-1956, and Principal of New College, 1950-1956.  One of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, Professor Baillie led the so-called ‘Baillie Commission’ during the Second World War, which contributed to major Church support for post-war social reconstruction in Britain and the shaping of more humane social welfare programmes.

Millions continue to find spiritual consolation from Baillie’s A Diary of Private Prayer, first published in 1936.  Baillie arranged for his close friend, the celebrated American theologian, Reinhold Niebuhr, to give the Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in 1939.  Delivered in the Rainy Hall at the outset of the Second World War, the lectures, published as The Nature and Destiny of Man, a profound theological expression of human nature and the ends of history.

Click on the images below to look around the Baillie Room.

Colour Photo of the front of the Baillie Room
©Timetabling Unit, University of Edinburgh
Colour Photo of the back of the Baillie Room
©Timetabling Unit, University of Edinburgh