Records of Dairsie Free Church, Dairsie United Free Church

Scope and Content

Session minutes, 1846-1915; Deacon's Court minutes, 1847-1899.

Administrative / Biographical History

At the disruption of 1843, the minister, and a substantial proportion of the congregation, of Dairsie Parish church adhered to the Free Church. In the beginning the Free Church of Dairsie had to worship in the open air, or within a joiner's shop, until a church was erected in October 1843; the church was later renovated in 1876. Following the union of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church of Scotland in 1900, Dairsie Free Church became Dairsie United Free Church and in 1914 Dairsie was united with the congregation of Dairsie Guardbridge, under the name of Dairsie and Guardbridge. This union however was dissolved in 1927 and Dairsie United Free Church was linked in the following year with Dairsie Parish Church. At the union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church in 1929, the parish church and the United Free Church of Dairsie were fully united. The united Kirk Session of Dairsie, which established a link in 1970 with Kemback and additionally in 1980 with Strathkinness, presently sits within the Presbytery of St Andrews.

Sources: John Alexander Lamb, The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland 1900-1929 (Edinburgh, 1956); W. Ewing, Annals of the Free Church of Scotland, 1843-1900 (Edinburgh, 1914), Vol II; Hew Scott and others (ed.), Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, vols. 9-11 (Edinburgh, 1915-2000).

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Acquisition Information

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Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project, based on description created by Lesley Doig and modified by Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project.

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Typescript catalogue available in St Andrews University Library Department of Special Collections and in National Archives of Scotland search rooms.

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Related Material

GB 227 CH2/427 Records of Dairsie Kirk Session

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