Spalding Club

For the English learned society, see Spalding Gentlemen's Society.

The Spalding Club was the name of three successive antiquarian and text publication societies founded in Aberdeen, which published scholarly editions of texts and archaeological studies relevant to the history of Aberdeenshire and its region. The clubs were named after the 17th-century historian John Spalding.[1]

First club

The original club was founded by Joseph Robertson (1810–1866) in 1839,[2] and included among its members Cosmo Innes and John Stuart. Stuart served as secretary and was editor of many of the works published.[3] Thirty-eight quarto volumes appeared in the club's main numbered series, as well as another six volumes uniform with but not part of that series. Seventeen of these volumes were edited by John Stuart: his more important works included Sculptured Stones of Scotland (1856 and 1867), a highly valued work of antiquarian reference; and The Book of Deer (1869), an edition of an important manuscript Gospel Book held at one time at the abbey of Deer.[3] The club ceased to be active after 1870.

Second club

The New Spalding Club was founded at Aberdeen in 1886.[1] It published forty-five volumes in its numbered series, and another seven uniform with but not part of that series. Its last volume appeared in 1924.[4] The Secretary from its founding was Peter John Anderson (1853 - 1926), Librarian of the University of Aberdeen.[5]

Third and final club

The Third Spalding Club was founded in c.1929. It published nineteen volumes, ceasing publication in 1960.[4]


  1. 1 2  Galloway, William (1898). "Spalding, John". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 53. London: Smith, Elder & Co. Sources: [Pref. by Dr. Stuart to Spalding Club edit. of Spalding's History; Par. Reg. New Aberdeen.]
  2.  "Robertson, Joseph (1810-1866)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  3. 1 2  "Stuart, John (1813-1877)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  4. 1 2 Royal Historical Society: listing of Spalding Club publications
  5. "Mr. P.J. Anderson, M.A., L.L.B." by Edward Denny Bacon in The London Philatelist, Vol. 35, No. 413, May 1926, p. 107.

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