Records of Anstruther Associate Burger and United Associate Church

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Session minutes, 1833-1881; Manager's minutes, 1818-1904; Communion roll, 1852-1881.

Administrative / Biographical History

Anstruther Associate Burgher congregation was first established in 1818 at the request of a group who named themselves 'Managers of the Associate Society of Anstruther' and who expressed a wish in that year to the Presbytery of Perth that they be formed into a congregation and be supplied with a minister. In 1820 the Synod granted the congregation 20 to assist in the erection of a place of worship, and in the following year a church was erected, which was later replaced by a new building in 1852. The first minister of the congregation, John Thom, was ordained in 1825. The church became part of the United Presbyterian Church in 1847. Following the union of the United Presbyterian Church and the Free Church of Scotland in 1900, the charge became Anstruther Erskine, United Free Church and in 1904 the congregation of Anstruther Erskine was united to that of Anstruther Chalmers Memorial, after which time the Anstruther Erskine church was sold.

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).

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted. Special conditions apply to photographs.

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.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Related Material

GB 227 CH3/1561 Records of Anstruther: Chalmers Memorial Church

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