Record

CodeNA10926
Dates1843-1900
JurisdictionAngus
Person NameAngus; Free Presbytery of Dundee; 1843-1900; Dundee
EpithetDundee
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 Free Church of Scotland was formed in 1843 by Evangelicals who withdrew from the Established Church in protest against state interference in the spiritual independence of the Church. In 1900 the Free Church united with the United Presbyterian Church to form the United Free Church.See 'Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology' edited by David F. Wright, David C. Lachman and Donald E. Meek, 1993.
Corporate NameFree Presbytery of Dundee
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