Students and professors of theology, were heavily involved in the debates about the appointment of parish ministers which were to lead to the Disruption of 1843.
The very first classes for the Free Church students were held at Dr Candlish' church in Lothian Road.
On May 18th 1843 Reverend David Welsh led a walk out of c. 200 ministers from the opening session of the Church of Scotland' General Assembly.
In 1845 Thomas Chalmers turned his attention to the curriculum of the college.
The New College Missionary Society began as a breakaway from the Edinburgh University Missionary Association at the time of the Disruption.
The scope of the curriculum can be seen in the announcement for the commencement of the college session from 3rd September 1851.
Forty-four Afrikaner candidates for ministry trained at New College.
In 1872 a stable was converted to provide kitchens and the tradition of the New College Dinner began.
A Minute of the New College Senatus shows students requesting a reading room and room for societies in 1870 but to no avail!
The Student Missionary Society began two new projects.
Student helpers were a resource first used when Prof David Welsh was responsible for gathering a library for New College.
Illuminated manuscript produced to mark Rev Whyte's election as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 1898.
Following the Union of the Free Church and the United Presbyterian Church in 1900 there was a court case about the ownership of the premises.
In 1906, there was a Union founded for Alumni of New College.
On 1st Jan 1907 the United Free Church was able to return following the outcome of a Royal Commission of Inquiry.
The path to the reunion of the Church of Scotland and the Free Church in 1929 began a decade earlier with a meeting held in New College Library.
The Edinburgh Missionary Conference was held in the Assembly Hall adjoining New College.
Nostalgic photographs held in New College's Special Collections show friendship and fellowship outside of the classroom.
The impact of WW1 on a generation can be seen in different places.
Scottish actor Alistair Sim served as Lecturer in Elocution 1925-30. Elocution was taught to candidates for the ministry from 1877.
The settlement for the three Theological Colleges of the United Free Church and Four University Faculties of the Church of Scotland took a little longer.