The fourth Minister of our Church (1890-1895) was The Rev. Charles Hessel Todd, who was born in Kinross on 18th June 1853, the 2nd son of John Todd and Elizabeth Hessel. In 1857 the family moved to Alva, in Stirlingshire, where John set up a wool manufacturing business, which by 1861 employed 33 people.
The Third Minister of our Church (1884-1890) was The Rev. Frank Rae
Frank Rae was born in 1856 in Anderston, Glasgow, the second son of Matthew and Henrietta Rae. Read the rest of this entry »
The first Minister of our Church (1844-53) was the Rev William B. Clark . William Clark, a native of Biggar, was the youngest son of William Clark, a merchant of Biggar, and his wife Janet Brown. William was born in 1805 and was educated at Biggar Parish School. In 1822 he entered Edinburgh University where he studied for the ministry under Thomas Chalmers who was one of the leaders of the Great Disruption of 1843. Read the rest of this entry »
Gordon enjoyed his family, especially time spent with David and Alasdair. I recall when they were both very young, Gordon would have meetings or visits most evenings, but there were very few nights when he missed bathtime and he always managed to read bedtime stories to them. Those of you who remember Gordon’s talk on favourite books will recall the different voices he used. This was a common occurrence in our house. I often heard squeals of delight coming from the boys’ bedrooms as Gordon took on the guise of characters from Great Expectations, Kidnapped, Treasure Island, David Copperfield, Harry Potter and his favourite A Child’s Garden of Verse by Robert Louis Stevenson.