Secession Church

National Grid Reference (NGR): NT 09190 87580, map


Address

Queen Anne Street
Dunfermline
Fife
KY12 7QA
Scotland

Introduction

This was the first Secession Church in Dunfermline, established by the Reverend Ralph Erskine who seceded from the established church in approximately 1740. While the church was being constructed Erskine preached from a tent and barn located on a nearby site to the east (the approximate site of the now demolished St. Andrew's Church, site no. 8412). The church, which opened in 1741, was later (1798-1800) replaced by the Queen Anne Street Burgher church (site no. 4684) which was built slightly to the north. The statute of Ralph Erskine situated to the south of the later church marks the approximate location of his pulpit in the earlier building.


Description

Secession Church

The Reverend Ralph Erskine played a key role in the establishment of the Secession Movement. He was the minister of the first Secession Church in Dunfermline, which was replaced in 1798-1800 by the Queen Anne Street Burgher Church (latterly St. Andrew's Erskine Church, site no. 4684) which was built in 1798-1800. The statue of Ralph Erskine on the southern side of the present church precinct marks the approximate location of his pulpit in the first church.
(Amanda Gow, Novemeber 2007)


People / Organisations:

NameRoleDatesNotes
Reverend Ralph ErskineFounder174Founder of the Secession Church Seceded from the established church in approximately 1740 and played a key role in the founding of the Secession Movement.
Secession ChurchDenomination1741-1798

Events:

  • Church: Build/construction (1741)
    The church opened in June 1741.
  • Church: Destruction/demolition (1790)
    The building was replaced by the Queen Anne Street Burgher Church (latterly St. Andrew\'s Erskine Church, site no. 4684) which was built in 1798-1800.

Archive References:

NameReferenceNotes
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 46944Ralph Erskine statue
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 26035St. Andrew's Erskine Church
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 46944 Ralph Erskine statue
Historic Scotland Listed Building Reports - Online databaseView HS Listing Online: 26035 St. Andrew's Erskine Church

Bibliographic References:

NameAuthorDateNotes
The Scottish Burgh Survey: Historic Dunfermline, Archaeology and DevelopmentDennison, E.P;Stronach, S.2007p. 47
A History of the \'Fitpaths\' and Streets of Dunfermline, Then and NowPitcairn, S.2007p. 95
Annals of DunfermlineHenderson, E.1879p. 433