Notre Dame Training College Glasgow and the Liverpool connection

The contribution of the Sisters of Notre Dame to the training of Catholic teachers for Scotland in the nineteenth century is examined by Stephen J. McKinney, Professor of Education at the University of Glasgow.

One hundred and twenty-five years ago, the opening of Notre Dame Training College for Women in Dowanhill, Glasgow provided the first opportunity for Catholic women to train as teachers in a Catholic college in Scotland. This article provides some insights into the history of the origins of the college, which opened in 1895, and the strong series of connections with the Notre Dame College in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool. The achievements of two pioneering sisters of Notre Dame in Glasgow are highlighted. Sister Monica Taylor was an eminent scientist and Sister Marie Hilda was a leading expert on Child Guidance.

Early opportunities for formal training of Catholic teachers for Scotland
Teacher training colleges in Scotland in the nineteenth century were operated by different Protestant denominations: the Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church. The majority of female and male Catholic teachers in Scotland acquired their Catholic qualifications from England where there were a number of possibilities.1 There were two colleges for the training of female teachers: the College at Wandsworth run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Mount Pleasant College in Liverpool run by the Sisters of Notre Dame.

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