Biography of James Cooper
James Cooper (1846-1922) was Professor of Ecclesiastical History, 1899 to 1922, and was the first Chaplain to the University's Officer Training Corps. He was awarded an LLD in 1922.
Born in Elgin, Cooper was a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. He was minister of St Stephen's in Broughty Ferry and the East Parish of St Nicholas in Aberdeen before his appointment to the University Chair in 1899. Cooper was a strong supporter of presbyterian church reunion and he was the first Scottish professor to lecture regularly on the history of the Church of England. He was founder of the Scottish Ecclesiological Society, serving as President in 1903, 1911, 1916 and 1921, and he was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1917.