The loss of Rev Thomas Chalmers who had been so important to the foundation of the Free Church and New College was tremendous.
Alexander Duff was appointed as the first Professor of Evangelistic Theology and held this appointment until his death in 1878.
Eminent historian and theologian of Christianity, Robert Rainy was Professor of Church History from 1862-1901 at New College and Principal 1874-1906.
Robert Rainy was Principal of New College 1874-1906 and also first Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Free Church in 1900.
Alastair Sim CBE (1900-1976), arguably Britain’s finest comedy actor, was the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College from 1925-1930.
Elizabeth Hewat was not the first woman to study theology at New College but she was the first female BD (1926) and PhD (1934).
Thomas F. Torrance was a student prize winner in May 1935, 1936 and 1937!
Choan-Seng Song was a student at New College and went on to a prolific and very influential career.
In 1957 Roberts was the first African American to graduate with a PhD from New College.
The appointment of James P. Mackey as the first Catholic professor of theology at Edinburgh was controversial.
Ruth Page took up the role of Principal of New College from 1996-2000.
Argentinian theologian Marcella Althaus Reid was appointed to the chair Contextual Theology. The portrait by David Martin reflects her interests in Liberation, Feminist and Queer Theology.
In 2011, Professor Mona Siddiqui was appointed Professor of Islamic and Inter-Religious Studies.
In 2018 Helen Bond, Professor of Christian Origins, became New College's first female Head of School since its founding in 1846.