Tag Archives: baptists

1998.138.22

Black and white photograph of the Mission House, Balephuil.

The Mission House, Balephuil, taken in the 1950s. L-R: (front to back) Morag MacKinnon, Balephuil; Archie MacArthur; Hugh MacEachern; Mary MacKinnon, Parkhouse; Helen MacKay (Cathy Gunn’s mother); Ann MacArthur; Helen Sinclair, Greenhill; Netta MacDonald; Margaret Sinclair; Kenny MacKay; Helen MacDonald; Mary Flora Sinclair; John MacKay, husband of No. 5; Donald Brown; Donald MacDonald, Balephuil; Willie MacIntosh; John MacFadyen, Barrapol; Maisie MacLeod; Bobby Tester; Willie Brody; John Brown; Duncan MacPhail.

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1998.138.16

The baptism of Christine MacDonald at Balephuil in the 1960s

Photograph of the baptism of Christine MacDonald at Balephuil in the 1960s

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Courtesy of Mr Donald MacKinnon

The Reverend Cowie is pictured here around 1963 baptising Christine MacDonald in Abhainn Bhì, attended by lay preacher, Lachlan MacKinnon. The stream, named after a Columban saint Mo Bhì, has long been associated with Christianity.

For over a hundred years until the 1940s, the Baptist Church was very influential in Tiree and its buildings frequently filled to capacity. In 1874 its membership peaked at a hundred and sixty. By the late 1980s it had fallen to under ten; today there are around a dozen.

There are two small Baptist churches on the island at Balemartine and Baugh. Only the Balemartine one is still in use and Sunday services attract over thirty worshippers.

Black and white photograph of a baptism at Balephuil.

Baptist minister Rev Cowie baptising Teen MacDonald in the burn at Balephuill, with Lachie MacKinnon, Parkhouse in attendance, around 1963-4.

1998.132.6

Rev. Duncan MacFarlane and his family around 1900

Photograph of Rev. Duncan MacFarlane and his family around 1900.

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Courtesy of Ms Elsie MacKinnon

Rev. Duncan MacFarlane from Balemartine, his wife Catherine and their children, the Very Rev. Dr. Dugald MacFarlane, a Moderator of the Church of Scotland, and his sister Anne, were photographed around 1900.

John MacFarlane, Duncan’s brother, was the first Tiree-born Baptist pastor. In 1851 John succeeded Rev. Duncan MacDougall, a devoted itinerant evangelist who, along with the Rev. Archibald Farquharson of the Congregational Church, was prominent in the religious awakening of 1839-1846.

Duncan MacFarlane, who had converted through the preaching of Rev. Farquharson, left Tiree to become a merchant in Tobermory. He was accepted as a Baptist missionary in 1856 and proved influential in the revival of 1874 in Tiree. In 1879 he succeeded his brother as pastor of the Tiree Baptist Church, which he served until his death in 1908.

Black and white photograph of Rev. Duncan MacFarlane and his family.

Rev. Duncan MacFarlane (1822-1908), Baptist minister at Tobermory and Tiree, his wife Catherine and their children, the Very Rev. Dr. Dugald MacFarlane (1869-1956), former Moderator of the Church of Scotland, and his sister Anne, probably taken around 1900.

1997.265.103

Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 66, 8/9/1993.

Local news including changes in the plane`s schedule, the local Gaelic Partnership, the weather, LEADER grants, new Baptist youth worker, and news from the hall committee, the art exhibition, the school and WRI.

1999.167.10

Photocopied assignation dated 1880 by the Trustees of Baptist Church of Tiree in favour of the Baptist Home Missionary Society of Scotland.

Assignation dated 1880 by the Trustees of Baptist Church of Tiree of the tack at Baugh in favour of the Baptist Home Missionary Society of Scotland.