Person NameUnited Free Presbytery of Dundee; 1900-1929; Dundee
ActivityThe 1690 Revolution Settlement secured the Presbyterian Church of Scotland as the established church. Landowners in the form of heritors had a duty to maintain ecclesiastical buildings and had the power to choose ministers. There was a body of people who thought that the parishioners should choose the minister. The 1731 General Assembly restricted the choice of a minister to the heritors and elders of a parish. In 1733, Ebeneezer Erskine (1680-1754) a minister in Stirling who had campaigned against this decision was suspended by the General Assembly. He left to form his own secession church which gained much support in lowland areas. In 1744 the secession church split because of the burgess oath which obliged potential burgesses in some royal burghs to pledge support for the established religion, that is the Church of Scotland. This led to the formation of the Burgher and Antiburgher churches. These split again into the Old Lights and the New Lights.The Relief Church was founded in 1791 when it broke away from the Church of Scotland. In 1820 the United Associate Synod of the Secession Church (or the United Secession Church) was formed. In 1847 the union of the United Secession Church and the Relief Church established the United Presbyterian Church. In 1900, the United Presbyterian Church joined with the Free Church, established 1843, to form the United Free Church of Scotland. In 1929 the United Free Church of Scotland was reunited with the Church of Scotland.See 'Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology' edited by David F. Wright, David C. Lachman and Donald E. Meek, 1993.
Corporate NameUnited Free Presbytery of Dundee
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