" Dalserf, par. and vil., Lanarkshire, on river Clyde, 1 mile E. of Ayr Road sta. and 7 miles SE. of Hamilton, 6956 ac., pop. 9378; contains the greater part of town of Larkhall; coal is mined and sandstone is quarried; the vil. was formerly a place of some importance, but now consists of only a few cottages; in the par. is D. Ho. "
From John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887
Dates of Old Parish Registers
On Friday 30th November 1683, Arthur Bruce from Dalserf was executed with other Covenanters.
|Incumbants to the charge of Dalserf|
|Andrew Hamilton MA||1560 - 1599||"Reader" until 1593|
|James Hamilton||1600 - 1609||Son of the Laird
|Claud Hamilton||1609 - 1635|
|John Hamilton||1635 - 1639||Deposed for the sin of sin.....|
|John Weir MA||1642 - 1646||Leading Covenanter. Died in captivity....|
|Francis Aird MA||1646 - 1659||Noted for piety, wept much in prayer...|
|Ni?? Paterson MA||1664 - 1671||Conformed to Episcopal standards.|
|Thomas Kirkaldy||1672 - ?||Covenanter ejected from previous charge.....|
|Alexander Hamilton||?||" " " " "|
|John Cleland MA||? - 1688||Episcopal curate harassed the poor......|
|James Hogg MA||1691 - 1697||Leader of the "Marrow" brethren.|
|David Brodie MA||1698 - 1729||Previously chaplain to Ann, Duchess of.....|
|William Steel MA||1730 - 1760||Laird of Waygateshaw. Persuaded.....|
|John Risk||1761 - 1805||Quick wit and keen sense of humour|
|James Craig||1805 - 1816||Won case against heritors over....|
|Dr. John Russell MA||1816 - 1850||Graduated MA at 16. Author of.....|
|Dr. William Peebles Rorison||1851 - 1907||Longest ministry, much loved pastor.|
|Dr. Alexander Barclay MA||1907 - 1937||Scholar and powerful orator.|
|Louis H Watson MA||1937 - 1945|
|Kenneth J McPherson MA||1945 - 1952|
|John Evans MA||1953 - 1959|
|John L Cotter MA||1959 - 1973|
|Keith M McRobb TD MA||1974 - 1981|
|D Cameron McPherson BSc BD||1982-|
NOTE:- Above is transcribed from a photograph of a board at the church. Some parts, indicated by "?" or "....." are not readable on the photograph. If anyone can fill these missing section in it would be greatly appreciated - otherwise it will need to wait until I can find a reason to be down that way (and find the church open!!)
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