ND1748 : The Meeting House of Halsary

5 km from Mybster, Highland, Great Britain

The Meeting House of Halsary
The Meeting House of Halsary
The Meeting House of Halsary stands at the edge of three large Parishes, Latheron, Halkirk and Watten and although never called a Church it was in everything but name a Church. At its height in the 1800's around 350 people were attending worship at this site. This building replaced an earlier building here and was built entirely by public subscription in 1842.

In 1843 the disruption happened and it is said that the whole congregation of the Halsary Meeting House went over to the Free Church bar one shepherd. All went well for a few years until the Church of Scotland trying to get a toe back in the door, sent a missionary to Halsary, a man who could speak no Gaelic.

This so alarmed the Free Church minister that he asked the land owner, Sir Ralph Anstruther for a gift of the land the Meeting House stood on and thereby securing its independence. However Sir Ralph being an Elder in the Church of Scotland couldn't be seen to give gifts to the Free Church. After some negotiation and to Sir Ralph's credit, especially compared to some landlords elsewhere his final reply was, "Well, you may rest assured that I will not disturb you in your possession of the Halsary church; only, I suspect that another party may, without asking my liberty or yours."

As can be seen from the photograph it has been sold and is currently in use as an agricultural building.

Quote from ... The Achreny Mission. After the Disruption - by Rev D W B Somerset
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