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Allan Glen's Institution, Glasgow

Corporate Biography



Location of main offices

Glasgow, Scotland

Main function

Higher education institution

Related authority entries

Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College

Allan Glen's School, Glasgow


Allan Glen's Institution was established under the will of Allan Glen, a wright of Glasgow who died in 1850. In 1876, the governors of Allan Glen's School obtained the Allan Glen's Institution Act and embarked upon an extensive programme of scientific and technical education. In 1887, Allan Glen's Institution amalgamated with Anderson's College, the College of Science and Arts, the Young Chair of Technical Chemistry and Atkinson's Institution to form the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (later the Royal College of Science and Technology).


The trustees appointed under Allen Glen's trust disposition and deed settlement, 13 March 1847 were directed to invest his estate to build and endow a school. The purpose of this school was to give a good practical education and preparation for trades or businesses, to between forty to fifty boys, the sons of tradesmen or persons in the industrial classes of society. The residue of the estate was to be used to build and endow an industrial school for destitute children. Any residue after this was to be used to give relief to aged and destitute persons of the industrial classes. Only the first of the two schools mentioned in the trust deed was actually built and endowed. This was called Allan Glen's School and it opened in 1853.

Administrative structure

In Allen Glen's trust disposition and deed of settlement, of 13 March 1847, he appointed five trustees to be responsible for the whole management of the trust.

In 1876, the trustees were given the power to appoint a secretary, treasurer, headmaster and masters, and any other servants as necessary.

On the formation of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College, the management of Glen's School/Institution accordingly passed to the governors of the Technical College.

Reference codes of collections created by the corporate body

GB 0249 ODC


List of sources for the administrative information:

Butt, J., John Anderson's Legacy: The University of Strathclyde and its antecedents, (East Linton, Tuckwell Press Ltd, 1996)

Rules or Conventions

Authority record created according to the National Council on ArchivesRules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names (NCA Rules)1997 and International Council on Archives: Ad Hoc Committee on Descriptive StandardsInternational Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (ISAAR)CPF1995.

Date of Creation

Corporate name authority record compiled for the GASHE project by Emily Woolmore, GASHE project archivist,, 29 March 2000