Person NameMains Kirk Session; 1795-; Presbytery of Dundee
EpithetPresbytery of Dundee
ActivityMains and Strathmartine was formed by the union of the parishes of Mains and Strathmartine on 21 November 1795. In 1929 the name was changed to Mains.Mains church is in the Presbytery of Dundee, which was in the synod of Angus and Mearns until the abolition of synods in 1992.MainsThe foundation of Mains Church dates from 1201-1207 and was granted to Arbroath Abbey by Gilchrist, earl of Angus. The old name of the parish was Strathdichty and the church was dedicated to St Ninian. The name was changed to Mains of Fintry after the local proprietors, the Grahams from Fintry, Stirlingshire. The old church was located in the area which is now Caird Park, near to Mains Castle. Following the union of Mains with Strathmartine in 1795, the old church of Mains fell into disrepair and was subsequently sold and converted into flats in 1996. The former church building is B-Listed and its old churchyard C-Listed. The old Mains manse situated on Elgin Street dated from 1760 and has since been demolished.StrathmartineStrathmartine church was dedicated or rededicated to St Martin on 18 May 1249 but occupies an older ecclesiastical site. The old name of the parish was Strathdichty Martin and the ruins of the former church are in the small village of Kirkton of Strathmartine, also known as Bridgefoot. Mains and StrathmartineAfter the union of 1795 a new church building opened in 1800. Major renovations were carried out in the 1890's. The churches at Mains and Strathmartine were both abandoned. The name of the congregation was changed to Mains in 1929.At the Disruption in 1843 a number of the congregation left to form a Free Church at Downfield but the minister remained in the Establishment.See 'The Kirks of Dundee Presbytery, 1558-1999', by Ian McCraw, (Friends of Dundee City Archives Publication 3, 2000).
Corporate NameMains Kirk Session
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