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Minister of the Gospel

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Malcolm Report 15 Jul 2013 09:08

Re: "Minister of the Gospel". This refers to the Scottish Protestant Church where we do not use the term Vicar. The preacher "Ministers" to his congregations needs.

After the reformation in the 16th century the Scots were very wary of a return to "Romish Practices". This resulted in many arguments about the "True Religion" and details of ceremony and theology which produced splits between sects. In 1842 there was major split, known as the Disruption in the Established Church of Scotland during which about a third of worshippers elected to join the new "Free Church of Scotland". Even this group produced dissenting sub groups up to the end of the 19th century at which time some re-formed creating yet more confusion.

When searching Scottish records expect to find "Establshed" "Free" "Episcopal" Church of Scotland as well as "Burghers" "Anti-Burghers" "Glassites" and other sects which are worth looking up on Wikipedia if they occur in your tree.


Cynthia Report 14 Jul 2013 19:31

Hello Ann and welcome to the Community Boards.

As Ann is a new poster, a friendly message on how to return to her thread is on it's way. :-)


Potty Report 13 Jul 2013 13:28

Did John have a brother Fergus? If so, Sarah is shown as a widow in 1881 and then married to John D Fisher in 1891!!!


Potty Report 13 Jul 2013 13:14

The 1861 census attached to him on that tree has his POB as Scotland.


MarieCeleste Report 13 Jul 2013 12:40

Have deleted incorrect 1958 marriage, according to a tree on ancestry, it's this one:

Surname First name(s) District Vol Page
Marriages Jun 1858
Fisher John Tynemouth 10b 284
Patterson Sarah Tynemouth 10b 284


Potty Report 13 Jul 2013 12:32

Nothing on Scotlandspeople, either.


Potty Report 13 Jul 2013 12:29

Only ref on Ancestry for the name:

Name: John Dodd Fisher
Birth: 28 Jan 1919
Death: Dec 1981 - Northumberland Central, Tyne and Wear, England


Potty Report 13 Jul 2013 12:24

No marriage coming up in England and Wales for a John Dodd Fisher.


GlitterBaby Report 13 Jul 2013 12:07

Which country ?


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Jul 2013 11:46

Probably a Protestant non conformist. Added - or possibly the Church of Scotland/Presbyterian

A CofE Priest is likely to be named as a Clerk in Holy Orders or something more specific like Curate, Priest etc.

What was the denomination of the place they married as that might give a clue. Or have you found any baptisms of subsequent children in a non-conformist place of worship?


Ann Report 13 Jul 2013 11:41

In 1858 on the wedding certificate of his son John Dodd Fisher his father William Fisher's profession is described as Minister of the Gospel - does anyone known what religion that might be. Thank you.