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Disruption Records


Guelph's major religious Scottish collection dates to 1975 with the acquisition of a collection of 110 pamphlets and resources on the Disruption of the Church of Scotland in 1843. Over two decades holdings expanded to about 700 items--broadsides of petitions (signed), notices, monthly statements, and posters. The collection is particularly rich in sources as early as 1817, when initial concerns that led to the Disruption were raised; for tracts by the eventual leaders in the period of reform, such as Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847); and for pamphlets from the post-Disruption era to the 1890s, when attempts were made to re-unite the various splinter churches. Of special importance are the few contemporary works, primarily in pamphlet form, of the Disruption in Canada and particularly in Ontario.

Series: Disruption records. 1840; Disruption records. 1841; Disruption records. 1842; Disruption records. 1843; Disruption records. 1844; Disruption records. 1845; Disruption records. 1846; Disruption records. 1847; Disruption records. 1873 


68 items

Type(s) Of Materials: 
Published Material
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Each item catalogued individually, call numbers XS1 MS A108001-XS1 MS A108068, and arranged chronologically.

Many tracts on Scotland’s turbulent religious history, such as a collection of the Disruption pamphlets, are located in rare books. 

This collection is available for viewing on-site in Archival & Special Collections during our regular business hours.