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Foreign mission records of the Church of Scotland., 1827-1933.

Identifier: MSS.7530-7637

Scope and Contents

The Church of Scotland resolved in 1824 to enter the Foreign Mission field, and sent its first missionaries to Bombay in 1829 (later taking over the work of the Scottish Missionary Society, for which see MSS.8012-8013, 8986, 8988-8989), to Calcutta in 1830, to Poona in 1834, and to Madras in 1837. The Disruption of 1843 caused the loss of most of the missionaries and missionary spirit; but after a period of retrenchment advance began again, in the Punjab (1857), in Poona (1864), in the Eastern Himalayas (1870), at Blantyre, Nyasaland (1876), at I'chang, China (1878), at Kikuyu, Kenya (1901; taking over the work of the East Africa Scottish Mission, for which see MS.8015), at Iringa, Tanganyika (1920; taking over the work of the Berliner Missionsgesellschaft). Prior to the union with the United Free Church in 1929, local cooperation resulted in the formation of joint colleges in Madras (see MS.8017) and in Calcutta (see MSS.8018-8019).


  • Creation: 1827-1933.

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The papers are arranged as follows:

MSS.7530-7532. Letters of the pioneer missionaries in India. MSS.7533-7605. Letter-books. MSS.7606-7617. Incoming Letters. MSS.7618-7623. Financial Papers. MSS.7624-7637. Papers of the Women's Association for Foreign Missions.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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