The Hibbert Trust was founded by Robert Hibbert (1769–1849) and originally designated the Anti-Trinitarian Fund. It came into operation in 1853, awarded scholarships and fellowships, supports the Hibbert Lectures, and maintained (from 1894) a chair of ecclesiastical history at Manchester College.
- The Hibbert scholars at Manchester New College F. H. Jones - 1870
- Memoir of Robert Hibbert, esquire, founder of the Hibbert trust Sir Jerom Murch - 1874 "The note in a preceding page containing Mr. Martineau's opinion as to utilising the travels of the Hibbert scholars is found in an interesting letter dated June 1862, signed by the Rev. W. Gaskell as chairman of the Manchester Committee ..."
- Walter H. Burgess, Unitarian Historical Society, Transactions of the Unitarian Historical Society (1949), Vol. 16-17, p. 154-155.
- The Christian Reformer; or, Unitarian magazine and review Robert Aspland - 1861 -"..Howse, BA, and Mr. Alexander Gordon, BA, hare been elected Hibbert Scholars. *' In the classes of University College ... Besides these, Mr. Upton and Mr. Dare, Hibbert Scholars, have been admitted free to particular courses of lectures. ..."
- Alexander Gordon (9 June 1841 - 21 February 1931) a Biography 44 ... the first three Hibbert Scholars trained in theology in Manchester, and three who afterwards became members of the teaching staff of the College. He lived to see two pupils take their doctorates, several of the most important ..."