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Moderators and Ex-Moderators of the Free Church of Scotland, 1860

In Free Church of Scotland on 14/11/2017 at 15:56

Last week I was honored to provide a tour of the PCA Historical Center for those attending the Fall Colloquium of the U.S. Presbytery, Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Among the items of particular interest for them was this photograph which was accessioned here some months ago. Taken in 1860, it pictures a gathering of the Moderators and Ex-Moderators of the Free Church of Scotland Assembly. Life dates for most of the men is provided below.


Pictured, as per the key published on the reverse, with their year of service as moderator:
1848 – Dr. Patrick Clason, Buccleuch Parish Church, Edinburgh [1789-1867]
1850 – Dr. Nathaniel Paterson, Glasgow [3 July 1787 – 25 April 1871]
1853 – Dr. John Smith, Glasgow [? – ?]
1854 – Dr. James Grierson, Errol [? – 5 May 1875]
1855 – Dr. James Henderson, Glasgow [1797 – 1874]
1857 – Dr. James Julius Wood, Dumfries [1800 – 1877]
1858 – Dr. Alexander Beith, Stirling [13 January 1799 – 11 May 1891]
1859 – Dr. William Cunningham, Edinburgh [2 October 1805 – 14 December 1861]
1860 – Dr. Robert Buchanan, Glasgow [1802 – 1875], moderator in 1860
For that date range 1848-1860, three former moderators were not present for inclusion in the photograph, namely Drs. Mackintosh Mackay [1793-1873], of Dunoon (1849), Alexander Duff [15 April 1806 – 12 February 1878], Calcutta (1851) and Angus Makellar, who had died the year previous to when the photograph was taken [22 June 1780–10 May 1859], Edinburgh (1852).

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