First church of­fi­cer

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

“I was glad to see the piece and com­pos­ite pic­ture of White­leys and the Rosean­gle shore­line in a re­cent col­umn,” says Don­ald Ab­bott of In­ver­gowrie. “Men­tion is made of one of the houses at White­leys, 147 Nether­gate, be­ing the manse of St John’s.

“I think it was the manse of Free St John’s, the post-1843 con­gre­ga­tion whose first church was in Small’s Wynd and later at the top of Rosean­gle, the Dundee West Church of to­day. The first church be­came the lo­cus of the hall of Univer­sity Col­lege, and later was used by the med­i­cal fac­ulty, but was de­mol­ished.

“My great-great-grand­fa­ther Peter Ab­bot (1806-1884), a shoe­maker, lived both in Small’s Wynd and Small’s Lane. He was the first church of­fi­cer of Free St John’s ap­pointed by the min­is­ter, Rev John Roxburgh, for­merly of the 4th charge of Dundee, St John’s Cross, a Church of Scot­land charge at an early meet­ing of the con­gre­ga­tion held be­fore their first church was built in the loft of Brown and Al­lan’s Seabraes spin­ning mill. The Rev Roxburgh went on to be­come min­is­ter of Free St John’s Glas­gow, and served as mod­er­a­tor of the Free Church of Scot­land in 1867.”

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