Religion - Congregational
Congregational Church Timeline
1860 Camnethan Street Evangelical
Union meeting house established at 8
Camnethan Street. A Mr Massie (Superintendant) c.1866 and Richard
Goodwillie were preachers of the congregation. The congregation ceased
to meet around 1884.
1893 Hamilton Memorial Free Church
congregation aggrieved with
procedure in election of minister and separate from Free Church.
1894 Congregation meet in Public
Hall until opening of church.
1894 Rev. Peter Smith (b. 1852, d. 1934)
Born Knockando, 1st
minister of congregation, accepted call from Elder
Park Church, Govan 1906
1894 Application to the
Congregational Union of Scotland formerly
constituted. 142 members withdrew from the Free Church, with a further
81 new members joining the congregation after the first six months.
1896 New Church opened on 21st June
costing £1800 seating 450
1904 Congregation purchase Westlea,
Vicars Road as a Manse for
£900. The congregation previously leased Newfield House for the
1906 Rev. James Wallace (b. c1869, d. 1953)
Born Motherwell, Rev.
Wallace was responsible for drafting the
constitution of the church.
1917 Rev. Walter Gerrard (b. 1879, d. 1946)
previously minister of Congregational Church in
1922 Rev. Robert McKinlay (d. 1933)
President of Congregation
Union of Scotland 1930-1931.
1927 Branch of Girls’ Auxiliary
formed, later dissolving in 1933.
1933 Rev. David Clews McArthur M.B.E.
Born Bonhill. Served as
Chaplain in the forces as a Captain in Burma,
for which he received a MBE
1935 Compton pipe-organ installed
replacing old double manuel harmonium
installed in 1901.
1941 Rev. James Gilbert Ritchie Strachan (b. c1905, d. 1985)
(Acting) Born Fraserburgh
1944 Rev. James Kinmond Smith (b. 1900, d. c1971)
Born Leith, he accepted
call to Cambuslang Congregational Church.
1948 Rev. George Renton Brown (b. 1911, d. 1951)
1952 Rev. Robert Macready Lawson (b. 1905, d. 1973)
Born Glasgow. Served as
Chaplain in the forces. Congregation at all
time high of 285 members.
1962 Rev. Clifford Harry Macquire
1965 Rev. Derek Haley (b. 1934)
1968 Rev. Alexander Friend (b. 1925)
1972 Rev. Kathleen M. Callander (b. 1948, d. 1984)
(Student Assistant) Born
1972 Rev. William Robert Nelson Gray O.B.E. (b. 1923, d. 1999)
Edinburgh. Executive producer of religious programmes
for Scottish Television. President of Congregational Union of Scotland
1966-67. Rev. Gray served until 1985 with Rev. Bissett and Fred
1975 Rev. Thomas Hall Bissett (b. 1901, d. 1992)
congregation until 1894.
Fredrick McDermid (b.
1924) (Associate) Pastorate (Lay) of Lanark
Congregational Church. Chair of the Congregational Union of Scotland
1962-65 and president 1973-74. Served at Stonehouse during the 1970’s
1986 Rev. Derek Graham Corner (b. 1948)
1992 Margaret Anderson (b. 1944)
(Student) Born Glasgow.
Margaret Anderson served until 1995.
1998 Rev. Kathryn Smith Anderson
Born United States of
1999 Congregational Union of
Scotland voted to unite with United
2002 Rev. Kathryn Smith Anderson retired