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TITLE
Plan of the Floating Church, Strontian
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_QJ_175
PLACENAME
Strontian
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
1840s
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
ASSET ID
19795
KEYWORDS
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The Patronage Act of 1712 attempted to reintroduce a system of Patronage into the Church of Scotland. This meant that the local landowner, or Patron, and not the people would choose the minister of a church. This was highly unpopular with the congregations as the patron did not always have the best interests of the church at heart. In 1843 this conflict caused the church to split. Almost 500 ministers walked out of the Church of Scotland General Assembly to form the Church of Scotland Free (later the Free Church of Scotland).

The Free Church was faced with the huge task of providing churches, manses, schools and ministers for all its congregations. These problems were added to by some local landlords who refused to grant the new church land to build. Many services were held outside.

This extract from the 'Annals of the Disruption in 1843', by Rev Thomas Brown, describes how the people of Strontian were not put off by the lack of land and instead commissioned the building of a 'floating church' which cost £1400 and could hold 400 people at a time

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Plan of the Floating Church, Strontian

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

1840s

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Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum (maps & plans)

The Patronage Act of 1712 attempted to reintroduce a system of Patronage into the Church of Scotland. This meant that the local landowner, or Patron, and not the people would choose the minister of a church. This was highly unpopular with the congregations as the patron did not always have the best interests of the church at heart. In 1843 this conflict caused the church to split. Almost 500 ministers walked out of the Church of Scotland General Assembly to form the Church of Scotland Free (later the Free Church of Scotland).<br /> <br /> The Free Church was faced with the huge task of providing churches, manses, schools and ministers for all its congregations. These problems were added to by some local landlords who refused to grant the new church land to build. Many services were held outside.<br /> <br /> This extract from the 'Annals of the Disruption in 1843', by Rev Thomas Brown, describes how the people of Strontian were not put off by the lack of land and instead commissioned the building of a 'floating church' which cost £1400 and could hold 400 people at a time