Records of Ceres Associate Session, West and St Andrews Road United Presbyterian and United Free Church

Scope and Content

Session minutes, 1738-1748 and 1781-1885; Accounts, 1738-1771; Manager's minutes, 1885-1913; Account book, 1771-1798, 1783-1833 and 1899-1913; Baptismal register, 1738-1806, 1808, 1836-1837 and 1858-1891; Communion roll, 1858-1913.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ceres Associate Congregation (an Antiburgher congregation) was first established in 1740 and the first minister of the congregation, William Campbell, was ordained in September 1742. It is thought that services must have initially taken place in the open air as no place of worship had yet been erected in 1742, however a stone within the old church is recorded to have borne the date 1744. At some point the congregation's name became Ceres West, probably after the start of the Relief Church congregation at Ceres in 1798, which was Ceres East. There was a significant reduction in the size of the congregation from the late 18th century because of the existence of Ceres East, and because there was an Antiburgher congregation at nearby Cupar. The congregation obtained a new church in St Andrew's Road in 1877.

By the 1870s there were moves to unite the two Ceres congregations (both now United Presbyterian Church charges), and this took place in 1885. At the union in 1900 of the United Presbyterians and the Free Church of Scotland, the charge became the Ceres St Andrew's Road, United Free Church, and in 1913 a union was established with Ceres South, under the name of Ceres U.F. Further union followed soon after in 1917 with Strathkinness to form the charge of Ceres and Strathkinness U.F.

Sources: Robert Small, The History of the Congregations of the United Presbyterian Church 1733-1900 (Edinburgh, 1904); John Alexander Lamb, The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland 1900-1929 (Edinburgh, 1956).

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