Records of the Leighton Club

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-744
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      1 box containing envelopes and folders of material, 6 volumes. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      MSS LEI

Scope and Content

The records are composed of: 6 volumes of minutes, being minutes of the meetings held between December 1941 and May 1976; syllabuses, 1948-1974; bank and accounts books, 1953-1976; correspondence and receipts on closure, 1975-1976; Secretary's notebook, 1970-1975; typescript copies of the Club constitution; copies of printed Office of the Club; material on merging with Christian Unity Association; statement on closure of the Glasgow Leighton Club, 1965; and, papers, 1944-1968, entitled Leighton's challenge to schism in Scotland by Cecil Thornton, Confirmation: a review of the Anglican discussion by D. S. Bailey, The Anglican concept of authority by Glen Cavalifro, and Do we still want unity? by Frederick Levison and Fergus Harris.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Leighton Club in Edinburgh was constituted in 1942. The Leighton referred to in the name of the Club is the scholar and Archbishop Robert Leighton (1611-1684) of Glasgow, who had studied at Edinburgh University and at Douai. Leighton had also been Minister of Newbattle, Midlothian. In 1956 the Leighton Club went through a merger with the Christian Unity Association. It disbanded in 1976. Glasgow's Leighton Club closed in 1965.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

Minutes of meetings deposited in New College Library after the Club's disbandment in 1976.


The administrative history was compiled using material contained within the collection and the local lists, and in (1) Keay, John. and Keay, Julia. (eds.). Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Local lists.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.