James Street Relief Church Edinburgh

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Re: James Street Relief Church Edinburgh

Post by Outlander » Tue Dec 31, 2019 4:35 am

Hi John

I hope this isn't information overlaod but I keep finding stuff !!!

Nonconformists. ... There were two categories of so-called nonconformist churches in Scotland: Seceders -- Those who seceded from the main church but were still Presbyterian in form. Dissenters -- Those who were not Presbyterian in form, such as Episcopal, Methodist, or Catholic.

https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Ed ... ief_Church

St. James Place Relief Church[edit source]

This congregation originated in the overflowing attendance at the College Street Church in 1796. The parties forming it built a place of worship in West Port which they soon found too small and inconvenient. They sold it to a congregation in connection with the Reformed Presbytery who afterwards rebuilt it. They erected another church in St. James place and removed to it in December 1800.
Source: Annals and Statistics of the United Presbyterian Church, by Rev. William MacKelvie, D.D., pub. 1873. FHL Film #477618. More details may be given in source.

Various Minutes 1796–1956
Baptismal Register 1792–1827, 1833–1921
Note: Available in the National Archives of Scotland, Edinburgh, record CH3/722 and CH3/721.

Other United Presbyterian Churches

Other pre–1855 congregations, for which extent of records is unknown, include:
• Roxburgh Place, formed in 1808 and given “quoad sacra” status in 1833.
• Bethel Relief Church was formed prior to 1831 and merged with the Arthur Street congregation in 1842. (See Arthur Street congregation.)
• North Richmond Street Church was formed in 1844 by those who withdrew from the Bread Street Church. They united with the Henderson Church in 1867.
• West Richmond Street Church was formed in 1805 by those who withdrew from the Potterrow Church along with their minister. They built a church in West Richmond Street in 1813.

• The Newington Church was formed in 1848.

Maybe I should just stop looking !!!


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Re: James Street Relief Church Edinburgh

Post by PeterR » Thu Dec 21, 2023 1:51 am

"Edinburgh, St James Place Relief Church originated in 1796 with a petition to Edinburgh Relief Presbytery by a group who had purchased a chapel in Lady Lawson's Wynd. This was the second Relief congregation in Edinburgh, an overflow from the first, College Street, for adherents in the western part of the city. It passed successively to the United Presbyterian and United Free Churches, in the latter case as St James's (sic) Place, and to the Church of Scotland. The Church of Scotland charge, which was in the presbytery of Edinburgh and the synod of Lothian and Tweeddale, united with Edinburgh Barony in 1933 as Edinburgh Barony and St James's Place."

https://catalogue.nrscotland.gov.uk/nrs ... ce=CH3/722

An image of the building, presumably from the 1960s:
https://nationalworld.newsprints.co.uk/ ... -30-years/

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