" 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



Presbyterian / Unitarian
Dalserf, Church of Scotland


Presbyterian / Unitarian
Dalserf, Church of Scotland

Church History



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
NameYears from/toNotes
Andrew Hamilton MA 1560 - 1599 "Reader" until 1593
James Hamilton 1600 - 1609 Son of the Laird of Dalserf.
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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