Thomas Guthrie

(1803—1873) Free Church of Scotland minister and philanthropist

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Scottish Presbyterian minister and social reformer. A supporter of the Evangelical party during the Ten Years' Conflict, he seceded at the Disruption (1843) and was remarkably successful in raising money for manses for ministers of the Free Church of Scotland. From 1847 he engaged in establishing ‘Ragged Schools’, where poor children could be given a sound education on a Protestant basis. In his later years he advocated a national, rather than a denominational, scheme of education for Scotland, realized in the Education (Scotland) Act 1872.

Subjects: Christianity.

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