THE COURIER, FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1905
BURNTISLAND ELDER’S LONG RECORD
The annual social meeting of Erskine UF congregation, Burntisland, held last night, was largely attended, and was the occasion of a substantial presentation to Mr John Duncanson, the oldest member of Session, in recognition of services to the Church extending over fifty years.
Mr Duncanson, who is a native of Cairneyhill, has been forty years an elder and more than fifty years clerk and treasurer to the congregation, and for a like period Sabbath School teacher, discharging all the duties with exemplary diligence and faithfulness. In acknowledgement of his long and zealous services he received gifts consisting of a purse of sovereigns and a framed illuminated address, while a gold and diamond brooch and chain were bestowed on Mrs Duncanson, who, like her husband, does much useful work in the Church and in the community.
Ex-provost Strachan, a brother elder, made the presentation, and Mr Gilmour, solicitor, read the address, which was subscribed by the two ministers and several office-bearers in name of the congregation.
Mr and Mrs Duncanson replied in feeling terms, and were warmly received.
The minister of the Church, Rev J Brown Young, bore his testimony, and the Revs J Gilmour, Cowdenbeath, and Benjamin Martin, Leslie spoke of the high Christian character of Mr Duncanson and his efficient service as a member of presbytery. Some fine music was discoursed by the choir, and solos and duets were also ably rendered, the whole proceedings being of an interesting character.