Papers of Thomas Chalmers, 1780-1847, minister of religion

Scope and Content

  • Papers on condition of Church of Scotland undated
  • Correspondence (from John Donald to Prof James) c1839-1915

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Thomas Chalmers was born in  1780 , at Anstruther, Fife, Scotland. He was educated at the burgh school there and then at the  University of St Andrews, Scotland. He received his license to the Presbytery in  1799 , when he became the assistant to the Rev Thomas Elliot at the United College of St Andrews, Scotland, where he also lectured on Chemistry for a season. In 1803, he was appointed the minister to the parish of Kilmany, Fife, Scotland and he remained there until 1815, when he transferred to the Tron Parish in Glasgow, Scotland. He received his DD from the  University of Glasgow in  1816 . In 1820, he took up position as minister to St John's parish, Glasgow, but requested to be relieved of these duties so that he could take up the position of professor of moral philosophy at the University of St Andrews, which he did from  1823-1828 . In  1828 , he was appointed professor of divinity at the  University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and retained this position until  1843 . He also lectured in London in 1838. Thomas Chalmers was a moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland from 1832. Thereafter, he was actively involved in the movement that led to the disruption of the Scottish Established Church and to the formation of the Free Church in 1843. He was principal and divinity professor of the Free Church College, Edinburgh, from 1843-1847. He was the author of a number of theological, philosophical, expository and devotional treatises, which dated from 1813. He died at Edinburgh, in  1847 .

Source: Fasti Ecclesiae Scotican Ae, (Edinburgh, 1868).


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Acquisition Information

Deposited by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 1974, ACCN 4762

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Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections website, searching by the call number MS Gen 1701

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Elaine MacGillivray, Archive Assistant, July 2003.

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Custodial History

Held in Alexander Donald collection, by his son John Donald, then United Free Church College Library, then by General Assembly of the Church of Scotland as part of the Library of Trinity College, Glasgow.


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Related Material

GB 247 MS Gen 1036 Letters by Thomas Chalmers addressed to William Buchanan of Glasgow (Glasgow University Library Special Collections).

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