David Hay Fleming

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David Hay Fleming, LL.D. (1849–1931) was a Scottish historian and antiquary.


Fleming came from St Andrews, a university town in East Fife. His family had a china and stoneware business, which he sold in 1883 to concentrate on his interests[1]

In his bequest, he left money to found the Hay Fleming Reference library. The collection was a bequest to the town of St Andrews, in 1932, of the library of Fleming, and consists of c13,000 volumes

His grandson was the historian and economist David Fleming.[2]


  • Guidebook to St Andrews (1881)
  • Charters of St. Andrews (1883),
  • Guide to the East Neuk of Fife (1886, 2 vol.s)
  • Martyrs and Confessors of St. Andrews (1887),
  • Scotland after the Union of the Crowns (1890),
  • Mary Queen of Scots (1897),
  • Scottish History and Life (3 sections, 1902),
  • Story of the Scottish Covenants
  • The Discipline of the Reformation
  • Critical Reviews
  • Knox in the Hands of the Philistines


  • "Thus it is that history is falsified and good men slandered"


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons – via Wikisource.

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