Queen Margaret College Literary and Debating Society


This group of young women met at 4.30pm on the first and third Thursdays of the month at Queen Margaret College. (For more information on this college, see’ Queen Margaret College‘ on The University of Glasgow Story website, and ‘North Park House‘ on The Glasgow Story website.)  It is currently unknown if this group had any connections with the later Queen Margaret College Reading Union.

Members met to listen to talks given by invited lecturers, and to original essays, poems and sketches composed by society members. In addition, the group also held debates within the society as well as with other women’s groups, for example, the Edinburgh University Debating Society. One of its most famous members was Marion Gilchrist (1864-1952), the first woman to graduate from the University of Glasgow. (For more information on Gilchrist, see ‘Marion Gilchrist‘ on The University of Glasgow Story website).

Date of Existence


Source of Information

1. Meeting minutes with printed syllabus (January 1899-May 1905);

2. Draft report (M.B.J.) (c.1898-1899)


University of Glasgow Archives Services

Reference Number

GB 0248 DC 233/2/16/4/1;

GB 0248 DC 233/2/16/4/2

Additional Notes

See Queen Margaret College Reading Union.