Records of the United Free Church of Scotland Training College, Edinburgh

Scope and Content

  • Student records: certificate registers 1873-1907, progress and character of students catalogue 1849-1856.
  • Moray House Club records: minutes 1877-1968, accounts 1907-1968, annual reports 1881-1948.

Administrative / Biographical History

The creation of the United Free Church Training College followed the disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843  , when the United Free Church of Scotland established its own teacher training college. The College officially welcomed students after considerable alterations, in 1848  . In 1907  it merged with the Church of Scotland College to become the Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre.

All classes and teaching practice took place at Moray House, Edinburgh. This accommodation continued to be used after the merger in 1907  .

Subjects that the trainee teachers had to be proficient in included Religious Knowledge, English, Geography, History, Penmanship, Arithmetic, French, Vocal Music, Drawing, Algebra, Geometry, Latin, Domestic Economy, Greek Trigonometry, and School Management. Trainee Teachers were not only assessed by examination in subjects set, but also at their skill in teaching and in their general conduct.

The former student society 'The Moray House Club' continued long after the college changed its name, status and structure.


Records are maintained chronologically and by original provenance where possible.

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Acquisition Information

Moray House Institute of Education

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 237 procedures

Custodial History

Records were identified and listed as part of the 1995-1999 Non-Formula Funding Scottish Higher Education Funding Council specialised research collections in the Humanities.


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Related Material

GB 237 EUA IN17: Records of the United Free Church of Scotland Training College Normal School and Moray House Demonstration School

GB 237 EUA IN10: Records of Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre

Location of Originals

This material is original


Kirk, G. (ed.).Moray House and Professional Education, 1835-1985. Edinburgh:  Scottish Academic Press ,  1985 .