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CH3Records of Free, United Presbyterian, United Free and Other Protestant Churches1725-1891
Country code GB
Repository code 234
Repository National Records of Scotland
Reference CH3/922
Title Aberdeen, Nether Kirkgate, (burgher) church, Old licht, C. of S. 1839-43, then Free church, Melville, United Free
Dates 1757-1920
Access status Open
Location On site
Level Fonds
Admin history Aberdeen, Nether Kirkgate (Burgher) Church originated in a patronage dispute following the death of a minister of the East parish of the city in 1756. In 1758 the first minister of a Secession congregation, the oldest in Aberdeen, was ordained. A new church was built in the 1770s. The controversy between the adherents of the Old and New Lights split the congregation and in 1801 led to what became a leading case in the adjudication of church property. The Old Light party, who did not include the minister, were successful and applied for sermon to the Original Burgher Presbytery. This congregation joined the Church of Scotland in 1839, the Free Church in 1843, as Aberdeen Melville, the United Free Church, with a new church building opened in 1903, and finally the Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland charge was in the presbytery and synod of Aberdeen.

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