Glasgow Normal Seminary records

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Glasgow Normal Seminary annual reports 3rd-5th 1837-39; Text of fundraising lectures; Biographical information on patrons, rectors and students; Illustrations and press cuttings; Published articles about GNS.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow Educational Society was founded in 1834 at the instigation of J.C. Colquhoun, Esq., of Killermont, MP, with the aim of establishing a Normal Seminary for the training of teachers. David Stow and Rev George Lewis were joint secretaries. The Society adopted the Glasgow Infant School as its Model Infant School, and St John's Parochial School as the Model Junior School.

The foundation stone of a purpose-built Normal Seminary was laid at Dundas Vale in the Cowcaddens area of Glasgow in 1836, and the Seminary opened in October 1837. The Seminary was run as a private concern, until in 1841 the government made it a condition of financial support that the Seminary be handed over to the Church of Scotland, which at that time had a major role in the provision of education. Negotiations were still in progress in 1843, when the great Disruption of the Church of Scotland took place, and the Established Church refused to continue in employment those who adhered to the Free Church. In 1845 David Stow, the entire staff, students and pupils left the Normal Seminary to found the Free Church Training College a short distance away from Dundas Vale. The Dundas Vale building continued in use as the Church of Scotland Training College.

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Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: July 2001, July 2008

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