Jack Ronder Scripts

Ref: MS 454

Title: Jack Ronder Scripts

Scope: Television, radio and theatre scripts by writer Jack Ronder, together with other manuscripts and associated items
Dates: 1948-1980
Level: Fonds
Extent: 11 boxes
Name of creator: Jack Ronder

Administrative / biographical history:

The collection comprises television, radio and theatre scripts by writer Jack Ronder. Also included are manuscripts for several novels, along with newspaper cuttings, correspondence and theatre programmes. A number of items have been printed from digital files, mostly relating to productions in which Ronder was involved while living in Edinburgh.

Scottish writer Jack Ronder studied chemistry at Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh, and was involved in a number of productions with the Edinburgh University Drama Society and Edinburgh Graduates Theatre Group. He was a chemistry teacher and later a full-time writer. His television work included drama series The Lost Tribe (1980), adapted from his own novel, and eight episodes of the BBC post-apocalyptic drama Survivors (1975-6). He also wrote episodes for TV series including Space:1999, Z Cars, This Man Craig and Dr Finlay’s Casebook. His stage plays include Confessions of a Justified Sinner, based on a novel by James Hogg, and Cocky, about the 19th century Scottish lawyer Lord Cockburn.

Jack Ronder was married to artist and writer Anne Christie, and had three children, Tanya, Julia and David. His daughter Tanya is a stage and screen writer. Jack Ronder died in 1979.

  • Source: Donated April 2015
  • System of arrangement: By category
  • Subjects: Scottish drama - 20th century; Television plays, Scottish
  • Names: Ronder, Jack
  • Conditions of access: Available to all researchers, by appointment
  • Restrictions: None
  • Copyright: According to document
  • Finding aids: Listed