Victoria Free Church Literary Institute


This church was located on the corner of Victoria Road and Pollokshaws Road in the south side of Glasgow in the Gorbals area. (For more information about this area, see ‘Gorbals, Glasgow. Origins & History‘ on the ScotCities website). Members of this society were most likely part of the congregation of the Victoria Free Church. (For more information about this church, see ‘Glasgow — Victoria‘ on the Eccelen website, and see ‘Tram procession 1905‘ on The Glasgow Story website).

There is little currently known about this society. The only evidence we have comes from the syllabus of another literary group, the Queen’s Park U. P. Church Young Men’s Institute, which lists the date on which the Victoria Free Church society was scheduled to participate in a joint debate with them along with Pollokshields Free Church Literary Institute (see ‘Additional Notes’ below).

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(Listed as having a joint debate with the Queen’s Park U. P. Church Young Men’s Institute, and Pollokshields Free Church Literary Institute on 3 December 1888: ‘Syllabus’, 1888-1889,  Queen’s Park U. P. Church Young Men’s Literary Institute, Session 1888-1889 (Glasgow City Archives, Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Queen’s Park, St. George’s UP, UF Church, Literary Institute syllabus, 1875-1912)


Glasgow City Archives

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Additional Notes

See also Queen’s Park, St. George’s UP, UK Church Literary Institute and Pollokshields Free Church Literary Institute with whom they held at least one joint debate.