Glasite Church

Scope and Content

Correspondence 1790-1896; "exhortations" 1848-1877; sermons 1728-1730 and c.1834-1871; miscellaneous papers c.1834-1871, including papers relating to Michael Faraday; list of church members in the UK and North America c.1762-1856; records of Glasite congregations throughout Britain, particularly Edinburgh and London; artefacts.

Administrative / Biographical History

Reverend John Glas (1695-1773), while Presbyterian minister at Tealing (Perthshire) in 1725, set up a society of nearly one hundred for monthly celebration of the Lord's Supper and closer religious fellowship. In 1729 he published Testimony of the King of Martyrs, embodying his opposition to interference of the Solemn League and Covenant. In 1728, the Synod of Angus and Mearns suspended him as minister, which was confirmed in 1730 by the General Assembly. He set up a church in Dundee whose members became known as Glasites and, in 1733, built their first meeting house in Perth where he was helped by his son-in-law Robert Sandeman. Other churches in Scotland followed and then in England; later Robert Sandeman exported the faith to America where its followers became known as Sandemanians.

Central beliefs of the Glasites include: the view that Christ's Kingdom is purely spiritual and wholly separate from the state; 'the agape' (Love Feast); the osculum pacis (Kiss of Peace); and ritual washing of feet.


The majority of the material is awaiting arrangement.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Details of the original accession are unknown. Later records have been deposited by various people between 1999 and 2001 (AccM/403, AccM/409, AccM/450)


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, June 2002.

Other Finding Aids

Partial descriptive list and handlist.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


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Related Material

The Archives also holds the Glasite book collection, consisting of 12.80 linear metres of printed books.

Additional Information

The material is original.

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