Glasgow Free Church Training College

Identity area

Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

Glasgow Free Church Training College

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • United Free Church Training College (1900-1907)
  • Glasgow Free Church Teacher Training College
  • Glasgow Free Church Normal Seminary

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Description area

Dates of existence

1845-1907

History

The Glasgow Free Church [Teacher] Training College (or Free Church Normal Seminary, as it was first known) was founded in the aftermath of the Disruption of the Church of Scotland, 1843, when one third of the clergy and laity left the Established Church. The Normal Seminary founded at Dundas Vale by David Stow had been transferred to the ownership of the Church of Scotland, as a condition of the award of government grant. Arrangements for the transfer were concluded in 1845, and the Church of Scotland refused to employ adherents of the Free Church. David Stow, almost the entire staff, students and pupils left Dundas Vale and founded a new Free Church Normal Seminary in Cowcaddens Street, at first in temporary premises but later in a handsome stone building.

The Free Church College flourished, particularly under the rectorships of Thomas Morrison (1852-1898) and John Adams (1898-1902). Its later relations with the Established Church College were more amicable than at the time of its founding. From 1900-1907, it was known as the United Free Church Training College after the amalgamation of the Free Church with the United Presbyterians. In recognition of the increasing secularisation of education and society, the college came under secular control in 1907. Four Provincial Committees were formed to administer teacher training in Scotland based on the notional 'provinces' served by the ancient universities, and the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers assumed control of both Church Training Colleges in 1907.

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Glasgow, Scotland

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Relationships area

Related entity

Jordanhill College of Education, Glasgow (1907-1993)

Identifier of the related entity

C0049

Category of the relationship

temporal

Dates of the relationship

1907

Description of relationship

The Free Church Training College merged with the Church of Scotland Training College to form the Glasgow Provincial Training College (later renamed Jordanhill College of Education).

Related entity

Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College (1845-1907)

Identifier of the related entity

C0034

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1907

Description of relationship

The two training colleges merged to form the Glasgow Provincial Training College.

Related entity

Glasgow Normal Seminary (1837-1845)

Identifier of the related entity

C0036

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1845

Description of relationship

The staff and pupils of the Normal Seminary left the Seminary to found the Free Church Training College.

Related entity

Stow, David, 1793-1864, educational writer (1793-1864)

Identifier of the related entity

P0033

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1845-1864

Description of relationship

David Stow was a governor and teacher at the College.

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Occupations

Control area

Authority record identifier

C0035

Institution identifier

GB 249

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Victoria Peters, December 2009.

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