- Register of lodges in Scotland, 19th & 20th centuries;
- Register of District Halls, c1869;
- Posters, early 20th century;
- Publications, 1998-2002.
Records of the International Order of Good Templars: Grand Lodge of Scotland, temperance organisation, Glasgow, Scotland
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Independent Order of Good Templars (IOGT) was founded in New York, USA, in 1851 and originated from the Order of the Sons of Temperance. Scotland's first lodge was established in Glasgow at a meeting of the United Working Men's Total Abstinence Society in August 1869 . The organisation proved extremely popular in Scotland because of its uncompromisingly prohibitionist aims, its admission of women on a equal footing to men and its extensive provisions for juvenile lodges and education. It spread rapidly throughout Scotland and reported a membership of more than 83,000 by 1876.
The IOGT was affiliated with the London-based National Temperance Federation, as was the Scottish Temperance League.
Many Scots held influential offices in the International Parliament of the Order with many holding international offices. The International Good Templar quarterly magazine was edited and published in Glasgow under the International Secretary, Tom Honeyman (1858-1934), for over 20 years.
In 1906, the Order changed its name to the International Order of Good Templars with the Scottish branch becoming known as the International Order of Good Templars: Grand Lodge of Scotland, but in later years the colourful ceremonies and distinctive regalia were abandoned.
As of 2003 , IOGT is now known as the International Organization of Good Templars. The Order holds an international congress every 4 years and still maintains an office in Glasgow. More information can be found on their website at http://www.iogt.org/
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit : Scottish Temperance Alliance : 1975
Other Finding Aids
Digital file level list available in searchroom
Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S) 2804) and London (NRA 30487)
Alternative Form Available
No known copies
Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements
None which affect the use of this material
Conditions Governing Use
Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist
Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures
Held by the Scottish Temperance Alliance prior to deposit with Glasgow University Archives. Previously catalogued as part of the Scottish Temperance Alliance Archive (DC19), the collection was re-catalogued in March 2003.
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, March 2003
Lower level description retro converted into EAD by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 6 November 2014.