First church officer
“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.”