" 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.
Some transcriptions from the Dalserf Parish Kirk Session Minutes in the 1800s.
|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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