Thomas Chalmers Collection

Bound volume of 43 letters and notes from Church of Scotland minister and social reformer Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847) to William Buchanan of Glasgow.

In his ecclesiastical career, Chalmers was a minister at:

  • Kilmany (Fife), (1803-1815)
  • the Tron Church in Glasgow, (1815-1820)
  • St John's Church in Glasgow, (1820-1823)

He also held several academic posts:

  • Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, (1823-1828)
  • Professor of Divinity at the University of Edinburgh, (1828-1843)
  • Principal of the Free Church College, Edinburgh, 1843-1847

As Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Chalmers had a leading role in the 1843 Disruption, which led to the formation of the Free Church of Scotland.

The volume was donated by Buchanan's great-granddaughter, Mrs H.L. Tidy.

Other relevant letters may also be found in the collection of correspondence at MS Gen 520.

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