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Rev. Archibald Farquharson

Photograph of the Rev. Archibald Farquharson, Congregational minister in Tiree 1832-1878

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Courtesy of Mr Reg Knapman

Archibald Farquharson was born in 1800 at Moulin in Perthshire. He underwent a religious conversion in 1818, influenced by his older brother who later became a Church of Scotland minister. After working some years as a gamekeeper, he left for Glasgow to study at the University and Theological College.

In 1831 he was sent to Tiree as an Independent missionary and the following year moved there with his wife Mary MacDonald and their two young daughters, Eliza and Isabella. Seven weeks later his wife died. Despite this, he determined to stay in Tiree for the rest of his life.

The Independent Church in Tiree was established in 1832 and over the next three years chapels were erected at Cornaig and Ruaig. On average 100 to 200 worshippers would attend his services although in 1840 only 54 were true Congregationalists.

Black and white photograph of Rev. Archibald Farquharson, Congregational minister in Tiree 1832-1878.

Rev. Archibald Farquharson, Congregational minister in Tiree 1832-1878.

Object Details

Other Number: D69
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – D1-99
Current Location: normal location

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