Records of Anstruther Free Church

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1843-1871; Session minutes, 1843-1857 and 1871-1909; Deacon's Court minutes, 1844-1901; Communion roll, 1857-1900; Baptismal roll, 1843-1847; Plans, 1888-1936.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1843, at the time of the Disruption, the minister of Anstruther Easter adhered to the Free Church and established the congregation of Anstruther Free Church. A church to house the congregation was opened in 1844 and later replaced by a new building erected in 1858, which in turn was also superseded by a new construction in 1891. At the 1900 union of the Free Church and the United Presbyterians, Anstruther Free Church, which sat within the Presbytery of St Andrews, became Anstruther Chalmers Memorial, United Free Church.

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.

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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.

Other Finding Aids

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 CH3/1561 Records of Anstruther: Chalmers Memorial Church

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