Wor­ship in barn

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

“An 1829 com­mu­nion to­ken for the con­gre­ga­tion of the United As­so­ci­ate Con­gre­ga­tion, Balgedie in Kin­ross-shire is made of white metal and rec­tan­gu­lar,” writes Don­ald Ab­bott of In­ver­gowrie.

“Its ob­verse states United/As­soc/ Congn/Balgedie and the re­verse Revd/ Wm/MacK­elvie/1829. The min­is­ter from 1829 un­til 1863 was Rev Wil­liam MacK­elvie. Ini­tially, this Se­ces­sion con­gre­ga­tion had met in a barn at Easter Balgedie af­ter the sup­ply of preach­ers had been granted to them in 1800.

“The barn con­tin­ued as a place of wor­ship and the farmer, David Whyte set out the seat­ing etc for 11 years, pro­vid­ing board and lodg­ing for the vis­it­ing preach­ers, free of charge. The first church was built in 1811. How­ever, it proved to be un­sat­is­fac­tory and it was aban­doned. A suc­ces­sor was built on higher ground.

“The site cho­sen was claimed to be the lo­ca­tion from where two of the fa­thers of the Se­ces­sion of 1733, Revs Mon­crieff and Fisher, had preached in 1738 and from where Rev Ebenezer Ersk­ine had ad­dressed his for­mer Church of Scot­land parish­ioners, sev­eral years af­ter he had left the area.

“Rev Wil­liam MacK­elvie was the sec­ond min­is­ter of this con­gre­ga­tion ar­riv­ing from Kirk­gate, Leith. He was or­dained in Au­gust 1829 and ob­tained his DD from Hamil­ton Col­lege, New York State in 1846.

“He was the driv­ing force and orig­i­na­tor of the move­ment be­hind the union of the United As­so­ci­ate Church and the Re­lief Church in 1847 to cre­ate the United Pres­by­te­rian Church of Scot­land. He served as Mod­er­a­tor of the United Pres­by­te­rian Church in 1856.”

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