Free Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Board


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0233 Dep 298
Held at: National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division
Domain: archival
Title: Free Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Board
Date(s) of contents: 1843-1934
Level of description: Sub-fonds
Extent and medium: c259 volumes of archival material

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s):
Church of Scotland
Female Society for Promoting Christian Education Among Females of India
Free Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Board
United Presbyterian Church of Scotland
United Free Church of Scotland

Administrative/Biographical history: The foundation of the Baptist Missionary Society and the London Missionary Society in the late eighteenth century helped to solidify the call for the formation of missionary societies in Scotland; 1796 saw the organization of the Scottish (later Edinburgh) Society, and the Glasgow Society. These Societies represented both the Church of Scotland and the Secession Church, and initiated evangelization in West Africa, the Caucasus, India and the Caribbean. Whilst the work of the Scottish Society and the Glasgow Society continued, growing pressure mounted for the establishment of a missionary society by the established Church of Scotland itself. Accordingly, a foreign mission committee was set up in 1825, which led, in 1829, to the sending of Alexander Duff (1806-1878) to Calcutta, to take over the headmastership of an educational institution. The new Church Mission subsequently

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract:

The collection comprises the archives of the Free Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Board and its constituent bodies, and includes both home and overseas material. The home material includes letter books, incoming letters and minutes of the Foreign Mission Committee. The overseas material includes :
Letterbooks (of clerks (1856-1920), overseas secretaries (1869-1910) and home secretaries (1910-1923); incoming letters (1861-1928;

System of arrangement:

The Free Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Board is a subfonds of the Church of Scotland Board of World Mission and Unity collection.

MSS 7745-62, 7770-7, 7797-9, 7801, 7802 7808, 7810, 7855, 7898, 21329-21397

ACCESS AND USE

Language: English

Conditions governing access: Available for consultation by serious researchers.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids:

Catalogue.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material:

The Centre for the Study of Christianity in the Non-Western World holds several of the Mission's periodical publications, including The Missionary Magazine (1797-1913, incomplete), The Home and Foreign Record of the Free Church of Scotland, (1855-1862), the Weekly Record (1861-1862), the Monthly Record (1862-1900, incomplete) and Quarterly Missionary Papers (1852-1900).

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Date(s) of descriptions: 19th April 2002


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects

Personal names

Corporate names
Church of Scotland
Female Society for Promoting Christian Education Among Females of India
Free Church of Scotland Foreign Missions Board
United Free Church of Scotland
United Presbyterian Church of Scotland

Places
Africa
South Asia