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St Kilda United Free Church

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St Kilda United Free Church

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At the time of the Disruption in 1843, the mission charge at St Kilda fell vacant and in 1846, following a visit to the island by a Free Church Deputy, all 103 inhabitants of St Kilda declared their adherence to the Free Church. Free church service on the island however was supplied only by means of occasional visits by a deputy and no minister was stationed here. In 1859 this unsatisfactory situation was brought to the attention of the Highland Committee and as a result a missionary was appointed, however he later resigned in 1863. Following this resignation, and in response to a request from the islanders, the Assembly in 1865 sanctioned the ordination of a probationer to the island who was to be stationed on St Kilda as a missionary charge. In 1900, upon the union of the Free Church and the United Presbyterians, St Kilda Free Church became St Kilda United Free Church and it is recorded in 1900 that services took place only in Gaelic but English services were conducted at a later date. St Kilda Free and United Free Church sat within the Presbytery of Uist.

[Source: National Records of Scotland Online Catalogue ]


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