Filling out the details in the Supplementary Information about the ministers in Ewing’s List of Ministers remains an important goal of this web-site. We have just completed a general upgrading of this information. There were two main sources used for this upgrading.
Firstly, in the Free Church monthly publication, which appeared under different names, there was sometimes published information detailing changes of personnel: licensing, calls, ordinations, inductions, resignation and deaths of ministers. This was not published consistently; it was incomplete and sometime inaccurate. Nevertheless it has been useful for providing fuller information especially for the Ministry section of the Supplementary material.
Secondly, old online newspapers have been searched, at least, at a basic level, for each minister for whom we are seeking to provide supplementary information. This has turned up much information about induction and retirement dates and the like; also some information about death dates of ministers or their family members; and occasional references to significant events in a man’s ministry, not mentioned by Ewing.
The immediate aims are now as follow:
to revise the existing material in the Ministers’ List of Ewing’s Annals so as to maintain accuracy and consistency;
to complete what is lacking in these Ministers’ Lists – especially with reference to family background;
to develop this web-site as a starting place for finding information on other Scottish Presbyterian ministers.
Updates detailing progress made towards these goals will appear from time to time on the Blog page.