William Annand 1633-1689

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William ANNAND 1633-1689

Biographical Note

Annand was born in Ayr in 1633 to Rev. William Annand (d. 1663) and Margaret Lindsay of Leith. He studied at Kings College, University of Aberdeen, and Oxford University before becoming ordained in the Anglican Church.

He started his ministry in Weston-in-the-Green, Oxfordshire, before becoming vicar of Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. In 1662, he returned to Scotland as chaplain to the Earl of Middleton and then served as minister of Tollbooth parish in Edinburgh before moving to Tron Kirk. In 1676, he was appointed Dean of Edinburgh and he received an honorary DD from the University of St. Andrews.

In 1670, Annand married Helen Lundie (d. 1687). He passed away in 1689 and is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard, Edinburgh.


Annand's library was sold at auction by Charles Lumisden in Edinburgh in 1690. The catalogue lists 752 lots consisting of 137 folios, 155 quartos, 265 octavos, and 95 duodecimos. Three incunabula are included among the books listed (folios 2, 7, and 91). Most of the books are works of theology or religious texts, but other subjects such as history, philosophy, and travel can be found.


Sinclair's Hydrostatics (Edinburgh, 1672) (lot: 4to 120)

The Muses Welcome to King James (Edinburgh, 1618) (lot: folio 131)

Foxe's Book of Martyrs (Geneva, 1583) (lot: folio 17)


St. Andrews University Library TypSwB.B71FZ Vol 1; University of Glasgow Library Sp Coll 994 (lot: 8vo 228)

Characteristic Markings

Annand's signature is noted in the volumes listed in the examples above.


  • A catalogue of excellent and rare books, to be sold by auction the 25th. day of February. Which was the library of Mr. William Annand Late Dean of Edinburgh deceased. : The books are to be seen eight dayes before the auction and will continue every day in the week until the books be sold off. Edinburgh, 1690.
  • Mullan, David George. "Annand, William (1633–1689), Dean of Edinburgh." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
  • Scott, Hew. Fasti ecclesiæ scoticanæ; the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, vol. 10. Edinburgh, 1915.