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Collection GD95 - Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge

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GB 234 GD95


Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge


  • 1709-1980 (Creation)

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Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge (1709-)

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The Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge (SSPCK) was founded in Edinburgh in 1709 was primarily concerned with the education and civilisation of the inhabitants of the Highlands of Scotland. The organisation was strictly Presbyterian in its outlook, taught only the Presbyterian religion, reading, writing, church music and arithmetic, and initially permitted only English as the language of instruction and conversation of the scholars. Many SSPCK Schools were established in the Highlands until the activity of the society began to decline in the mid 19th century, as much of its work was taken over by the Gaelic Societies of Inverness, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

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GD95/1 Minutes of General Meetings 1709-1860

GD95/2 Minutes of Committee (or `Directors') Meetings 1709-1940.

GD95/3. Letter Books: (a) American Correspondence, 1799-1806
(b) Inland Correspondence, 1794-1942.

GD95/4. Reports of Sub-Committees, etc. regarding the estates belonging to the Society, and other branches of the Society's establishment, 1808-1894.

GD95/5. Inventories of the Society's securities, title deeds, etc., 1709-1869.

GD95/6. Accounts of Charge and Discharge, 1709-1889.

GD95/7. Scheme Ledgers, 1771-1890.

GD95/8. Miscellaneous volumes relating to finance, 1709-1907.

GD95/9. Volumes relating to the administration of schools, 1710-1890.

GD95/10. Volume of papers transferred from New College Library, Edinburgh, [c 1707]-1741.

GD95/11. Miscellaneous volumes (including Reports and Sermons), 1732-1902.


GD95/12. Papers relating to the American Indian Fund, 1760-1923.

GD95/13. Reports and Sermons presented by Miss M. G. Jones, Girton College, Cambridge, 1721-1853.

GD95/14. Miscellaneous documents (including reports on visitation of schools), 1709-1956

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  • English

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Item level catalogue available from National Records of Scotland. Online catalogue available at searching for collection regerence GD95

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