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West of Scotland Agricultural College

Corporate Biography



Location of main offices

Auchincruive, Ayr, Scotland

Main function

Higher education institution

Related authority entries

Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College

Scottish Dairy Institute

Scottish Agricultural College


In 1899 the Agricultural Department of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College amalgamated with the Scottish Dairy Institute and formed the West of Scotland Agricultural College. In 1990 it became part of the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), which brought within a single corporate identity the activities and resources of: the North of Scotland College of Agriculture (Aberdeen), East of Scotland College of Agriculture (Edinburgh) and West of Scotland Agricultural College (Auchincruive, Ayr) together with those of Scottish Agricultural Colleges, a company established in 1987.

Details of premises

In 1900 the College was located in Blythswood Square, Glasgow. In 1927 the estate of Auchincruive, Ayr belonging to the late John Hannah of Girvan Mains, Girvan was presented to the College and in 1974 the Blythswood Square site was closed.


Initially the Blythswood site was a major centre for teaching and administration whilst the Auchincruive site was devoted to activities such as farming, poultry husbandry, horticulture and estate forestry. The College had three areas of concern: teaching, research and advisory work. Subjects taught included agriculture, dairy technology, poultry husbandry, horticulture, agricultural engineering and food technology. There was one degree a BSc in Agriculture, which was validated by the University of Glasgow. Other qualifications offered were diplomas and certificates. Students also studied for membership of the Institute of Biology. In later years there was a BSc in Horticulture offered in conjunction with the University of Strathclyde and postgraduate courses offered in conjunction with Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities. Research was intended to deal with problems of farmers, market gardeners, poultry farmers, veterinary surgeons and was carried out in areas such as animal husbandry, bacteriology, botany, soil chemistry, zoology and plant pathology. The College had a long tradition of providing a service of technical advice to the agricultural industry in the western counties of Scotland.


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, 28 March 2000