Register of baptisms, St Clement's Church, Aberdeen, 1837-85. The register, which was begun, and maintained, by Reverend Alexander Spence (1804 - 1890), records name, date of birth, date of baptism, sex, mother's name, father's name, father's occupation, and address.
Records of St Clement's Church, Aberdeen
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Alexander Spence (1804 - 1890), son of Reverend William Spence of Glenbuchat, graduated MA Marischal College, 1822. He was licensed by the Church of Scotland Presbytery of Aberdeen in 1827, and ordained minister of St Clement's parish church, Footdee, Aberdeen in 1837. He, along with most of his congregation, joined the Free Church of Scotland in the Disruption of 1843, and remained minister (from 1878, senior minister) of St Clement's Free Church until his death in 1890. He also served as Clerk of Aberdeen Free Church Presbytery. His son, Alexander Easton Spence (b 1860), was ordained to the Free Church of Scotland, Insch, Aberdeenshire, in 1886.
It is believed that St Clement's church, Footdee, Aberdeen, was built in 1828, although recent archaeological excavations in the area suggest that there was a church on the site, or in its vicinity, since the early middle ages. A new church was built in Prince Regent St., Aberdeen in 1843, for the newly formed St Clement's Free Church Congregation. This was replaced in 1883.
For further details see Hew Scott, Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, edited by John Alexander, new edition, 9 vols, (Edinburgh: Oliver & Boyd, 1915-1961), vi, 28 - 29; Annals of the Free Church of Scotland 1843 - 1900, edited by William Ewing, 2 vols. (Edinburgh: Clark, 1914), i, 324; vol. 2, 175; and Alexander Gammie, The Churches in Aberdeen: Historical and descriptive (Aberdeen: Aberdeen Daily Journal Office, 1909), pp 56 - 58. See also, Aberdeen City Arts Department, The ship of faith: the story of St. Clement's Church and Fittie (Aberdeen: Aberdeen City Arts Department, 1991); and Marcus K. Milne, St. Clement's parish church, Aberdeen, 1498-1980 (n.p., n.pub., ? 1980) (these items are deposited in the University's Local studies collection: refs. L pAa8 V5 StC s and L pAa8 V5 StC M, respectively)
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Purchased by J.M. Bulloch, LLD, by public auction of the effects of James F. Pratt (d 14th Oct 1929), registrar, 5th - 6th Sept 1932. Pratt's second wife, Helen Lockhart Gibson Donaldson (d 20 Jan 1932) was the widow of James Martin Dower, minister of the Church of Scotland. Her father, Andrew Davidson Donaldson, was late minister of St Clement's United Free Church, Aberdeen.
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