The Spalding Club
is the name of successive antiquarian societies founded in Aberdeen
Aberdeen is Scotland's third most populous city, one of Scotland's 32 local government council areas and the United Kingdom's 25th most populous city, with an official population estimate of ....
The clubs were named for the seventeenth century historian John Spalding
John Spalding was a Scottish historian, possibly a native of Aberdeen.The name was uncommon there in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but the registers for New Aberdeen record the marriage of "Alexander Spalding and Cristine Hervie" on 7 Feb. 1608. John Spalding became a lawyer, and...
One incarnation was founded by Joseph Robertson
-Life:He was born in Aberdeen on 17 May 1810. His father, having tried his fortune in England, had returned to his native county, where he was first a small farmer, and afterwards a small shopkeeper, at Wolmanhill, Aberdeen. His mother was left a widow when Joseph was only seven, and he was...
(1810–1866) in 1839, and included Cosmo Innes
Cosmo Nelson Innes was a Scottish historian and antiquary.Innes was educated at Edinburgh High School, at Aberdeen and Glasgow Universities, and at Balliol College, Oxford. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1822, and was appointed Professor of Constitutional Law and History in the...
and John Stuart
-Life:Stuart was born in November 1813 at Forgue, Aberdeenshire, where his father had a small farm. He was educated at Aberdeen University, and in 1836 became a member of the Aberdeen Society of Advocates. In 1853 he was appointed one of the official searchers of records in the Register House,...
. This organisation ceased to be active after 1870. Stuart was secretary and editor of many works published by the club. Thirty-eight quarto volumes were issued by the club, fourteen of were compiled by John Stuart; his important works included,
The Sculptured Stones of Scotland
, in 1856 and 1867, a highly valued antiquarian reference work and The Book of Deer
, published in 1869, regarding the Celtic history of Scotland, reproduces a manuscript copy of the Gospels held at the abbey of Deer.
The New Spalding Club
, with similar objectives, was founded at Aberdeen in 1886.