Records of Falkland Free Church, Falkland United Free Church and Falkland East Church

Scope and Content

Session minutes, 1845-1921, with lists of members and baptisms, 1902-1909; Session minutes, 1922-1938; Deacon's Court minutes, 1872-1938; Accounts, 1924-1938; Baptismal register, 1918-1938; Communion roll, 1869-1938.

Administrative / Biographical History

At the Disruption in 1843 the minister of Falkland Parish Church, along with a number of his congregation, adhered to the Free Church and the first Falkland Free Church communion service took place on the West Green on 16 July 1843. During the initial months the congregation worshipped in the Congregational Church, and latterly in the town hall, until a church was erected and opened in March 1845. Following the union of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church of Scotland in 1900, Falkland Free Church became the United Free Church of Falkland and following the 1929 union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church, Falkland U.F. was termed Falkland East Kirk Session. Falkland East later went on to unite with the charge of Falkland Old, under the name of Falkland, and after this union the East church was converted for use as a church hall.

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 (Edinburgh, 1915-2000).

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Held under charge and superintendence of the Keeper of Records for Scotland.


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 CH2/428 Records of Falkland Kirk Session.

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