Records of Glasgow University Conservative Club, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute books 1885-1951
  • Accounts 1852-1988
  • Membership records 1883-1909
  • Letterbooks 1896-1900
  • Papers relating to the rectorial election 1877-1971
  • Papers relating to the annual dinners 1880-1960
  • Correspondence relating to possible visits by Disraeli and Lord R Churchill 1872-1893
  • Miscellaneous 1882-1972

Administrative / Biographical History

Glasgow University Conservative Club was founded in 1836  at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, making it the oldest University Conservative Association in the United Kingdom. The Club was a branch of the Federation of Conservative Students and of the Young Conservatives. The club was affiliated to the Scottish Conservative Party and its main aim was to promote Conservative principles in the University with special emphasis on student and University politics. The club held regular meetings with local MP's and attended the many Scottish and National Conservative Conferences. The club also took part in the yearly Glasgow University Union parliamentary debate. The club helds numerous social functions culminating each year in the annual dinner.

The club's 1972 constitution states its aims as being "to promote Conservative principles in the University and to maintain the dignity of the Rectorial chair." Membership was open to matriculated students and former members of the society at the cost of an annual subscription.

The office bearers of the Club were an honorary president and no more than 12 honorary vice-presidents elected at the annual business meeting held before Easter each year. There was also a president, senior and junior vice-president, secretary, assistant secretary and Whip secretary, treasurer and convenors for in formation, entertainments and publicity also elected at the annual business meeting from the student population. The president and secretary of the Queen Margaret Union of the University of Glasgow were also office bearers of the Club.

The Club appears to have folded in the late 1980s  .


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Glasgow University Library, Special Collections Department (GB 247) c1880-1947 Papers of the Glasgow University Conservative Club

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Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 5 September 2002

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