Collection MS 54 - College and Collegiate Church of The Holy Spirit, Isle of Cumbrae

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MS 54


College and Collegiate Church of The Holy Spirit, Isle of Cumbrae


  • 1832-1929 (Creation)

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1 box

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Biographical history

In 1848 the Honourable George Frederick Boyle (later 6th Earl of Glasgow) set up a choir school attached to the Church of St. Andrews, Millport. In 1849 Boyle founded and endowed the Episcopal College and Collegiate Church of the Holy Spirit, Cumbrae which was completed in 1851 to plans by William Butterfield. The College was consolidated in the 1860s and affiliated to the University of Durham as Cumbrae Theological College. In 1879 the Collegiate Church was elevated to the status of Cathedral of Argyll and the Isles. It closed in 1888, and between 1919 and 1927 the buildings housed the Community of St Andrew of Scotland.

Archival history

Held by the College and Dundee University Library

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Scope and content

Sermons, prayers, orders of service, etc. c.1854-1900; constitution and statutes 1851-c.1901; calendars 1865-1878; presentations, collations, ordinations, etc., mainly diocese of Argyll and The Isles 1826-1926; correspondence including letters from George Frederick Boyle, 1832-1929.


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Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper and include photographs.

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* Br MS 1/1-8 Correspondence from George Frederick Boyle Correspondence and papers of George Frederick Boyle 1861-1886 are held at the National Archives of Scotland (ref: GD20)
* BrMS 1/8; BrMS 1/7
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* BrMS 1/6
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* BrMS 1/5

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MS 54

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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