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Foreign mission records of the Scottish Presbyterian Churches.

Identifier: MSS.7530-8022

Scope and Contents

The collection contains the surviving foreign mission records to 1929 (with a few documents of the early 1930s) of the churches which in that year reunited to form the Church of Scotland, namely the (Established) Church of Scotland and the United Free Church of Scotland, the latter itself the product of the union in 1900 between the Free Church of Scotland and the United Presbyterian Church.

The bulk of the material consists of the letter-books of the conveners, secretaries, and clerks of the various Foreign Mission Committees, containing their letters both to missionaries and to supporters and others in Britain. Incoming correspondence, mainly from missionaries, is the next largest group. Finally there are a few minute-books, account-books, diaries, volumes of newspaper cuttings, and other miscellanea. The period covered is 1822-1929, but material is sparse until the 1870s. The letter-books are generally in continuous series, with only a few gaps, but the incoming letters are preserved only for brief periods, mainly 1880 to 1905 and 1918 to 1925.


  • Creation: 1822-1936.

Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


0 Volumes ; All volumes of letters are folio and under, and all letter-books are quarto, unless otherwise stated.

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Other Finding Aids

Most volumes include a contents list: in the case of the letter-books these are revised replacements for the lists made by the clerks as they copied the letters; in the case of incoming letters the lists have been compiled in the Library. Index entries for persons who could not be adequately identified and who occur in less than four volumes, are recorded in MS.8990B.

Not all of the manuscripts have been indexed in full.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited, 1953, by the Foreign Mission Committee of the Church of Scotland.

Separated Materials

For additional material, chiefly concerning William Anderson and Hope M Waddell of Calabar, the Indian pioneers Duff, Wilson, and Hislop, Donald Fraser, and the Scottish Missionary Society, see MSS.8942-8989.

For further additions and continuation of the archive to 1964 see Acc.7548.

For the main series of minute-books of the various Foreign Mission Committees see Dep.298.

The original contents-lists of the letter-books made by the clerks as they copied the letters are preserved as MS.8990A.

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Repository Details

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

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
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