Reverend More’s Jubilee

Dunfermline Saturday Press 6 August 1864

Jubilee services at Cairneyhill

Presentation of a silver salver and 580 sovereigns to the Rev Mr More

On Wednesday a series of services took place at Cairneyhill, to celebrate the 50th year of the Rev Mr More’s ministry in the United Presbyterian Church there, and for the purpose of presenting him with a testimonial from his congregation and a number of the friends of Mrs More and himself. The services were opened at midday by a sermon by the Rev Dr Johnston, Limekilns, who preached an eloquent and peculiarly instructive discourse from Ecclesiastes 7:10 – ‘Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better then these? for thou dost not enquire wisely regarding them’.

The dinner

At half-past three, about 80 gentlemen sat down in the school-room to an excellent dinner, which did great credit to Mr Turnbull of Dunfermline, who purveyed it. The Rev Dr Johnston occupied the chair, and amongst those present were – the Rev Mr Young, Dunfermline; Rev Mr Reid, Lochgelly, Rev Mr McNab, Rothesay; and a number of other ministers; Provost Whitelaw, Dunfermline; Dr Morris; Mr Wm Mathewson; Dr Kirk, Linlithgow etc. Letters of apology were read from the Rev Dr McMichael and the Rev Mr Jarvie, Dunfermline; the Rev Mr Gilston and the Rev Mr Johnston, of Carnock, who both wrote expressing their regret at not being able to present, and their good wishes for Mr More’s happiness and prosperity; the Rev Mr Gilfillan, of Stirling and the Rev Mr Mathieson, of Alloa.

Cairneyhill War Memorial

Hi all

This week, 2 reports on Cairneyhill War Memorial, one on the maintenance of the Memorial and one on the upkeep of the Memorial.

For interest, the Dunfermline Press dated 17 September 2020 had an article on the maintenance of the War Memorial, in that a bar has been fixed to the Memorial to keep wreaths attached.

Sunday Post 17 December 1922

Cairneyhill (Fifeshire) War Memorial was unveiled yesterday by Mrs Wm Erskine, mother of Sergeant John Erskine, Scottish Rifles, one of Dunfermline’s VCs, who was killed at Arras in 1917.

[My plan is to publish a blogpost on John Erskine in the near future].

Fife Free Press and Kirkcaldy Guardian 21 May 1932

With regard to the proposed upkeep of Cairneyhill War Memorial grounds, the Council [Dunfermline District Council] approved of a recommendation by the local representative, who discussed the proposal with the secretary and another member of the Village Maintenance Committee. The recommendation was that they be asked to continue the work of attending the grounds and be given a grant of £5 for expenses incurred, the position to be reviewed at the commencement of next year.


Dunfermline Saturday Press 24 March 1866

John May, grocer, Cairneyhill, was charged with having on Saturday the 24th of February, with exciseable liquor on his premises and this was the second offence. Mr May pleaded not guilty and was defended by Mr Macbeth.

Inspector Napier deponed to having gone into a back-room in John May’s premises in Cairneyhill, and seen James Fotheringham, senior, James Fotheringham, junior, John Anderson and John Philp. He saw a half mutchkin measure, a glass of whisky, two empty quart bottles, and a tumbler of small beer placed on the table. He saw no money pass.

John Manclark, labourer, Cairneyhill, deponed – on Saturday 24th February, I was in a room in John May’s house with James Fotheringham, senior, James Fotheringham, junior, John Anderson and John Philp. We were supplied with exciseable liquor. We had been invited into the house by James Fotheringham, junior. We paid nothing for the drink, and did not promise to pay anything.

Cross-examined by Mr Macbeth – we all had been at a teetotal lecture together – (laughter) – delivered in the schoolroom by Mr Dunnachie. We left between 9 and 10 o’clock, and proceeded homewards through the village. When we came to the house of John May, James Fotheringham, senior, went in as he haad some business to transact with May, and the rest of us stood at the door waiting for him. After standing some time, James Fotheringham, junior, asked us to come into his room in May’s house. We all went in, and Fotheringham, of his own accord, brought in the drink and treated us. While we were drinking Inspector Napier came in, and he was told we were really there as friends.

John Philp was examined in corroboration of this evidence, and the previous conviction against Mr May was admitted by Mr Macbeth, who stated the offence had been committed during an election period.

James Fotheringham, junior, was the first witness examined for the defence. He deponed – I am a carter in Cairneyhill. About three years ago I was married to niece of John May, and have lived in a portion of his house ever since. I have a room in the house, in which I live, and into which I have the power of taking my friends. On Saturday 24th February last, I was at a teetotal lecture, and left shortly after nine o’clock with my father, John Manclark, John Philp and John Anderson. We all lived to the west of the school-room, and we all proceeded west-wards through the village together. I invited them all into my room in John May’s house, and gave them a dram and two bottles of beer. I do not think that when I left the room and went into the shop for the drink any one of them knew what I left for. I did not measure the whisky. When we were drinking the beer, Inspector Napier came in. There was nothing said abut paying for the beer; it was purely a friendly dram. My wife and I have occupied this room exclusively for three years. I pay a rent for the room.

By the bench – I paid nothing for the beer, but will require to pay for it.

James Fotheringham, senior, was also examined by Mr Macbeth on behalf of the accused.

Mr Bremner and Mr Macbeth then successively addressed the court, and

Mr Spowart said – the bench has given your case its best consideration, and is of opinion that the charge against you has been proved. To some persons there may appear some hardship in this case, but we are here to administer the law as we find it. We have, therefore, mitigated the penalty to £2 10s, the lowest possible, with £1 0s 6d of expenses.

Mr May – if a stranger come to my house, am I now allowed to give him anything I please at my own fireside?

Mr Spowart – I am afraid we can give you no advice in this matter. we are only here to judge.

Fundraising at a Bazaar

Dundee Evening Telegraph 20 October 1905

A two days’ bazaar in connection with the Cairneyhill United Free Church was opened in St Margaret’s Hall, Dunfermline this forenoon by Mr Thomas Shaw, KC, MP. The purpose of the bazaar is to assist the funds of the church and raise sufficient funds to carry out much needed repairs. The amount aimed at is £500.

The following, along with the assistants, have charge of the various stalls:

Cairneyhill No 1: Mrs Forbes, Mrs Stevenson, Miss Lindsay and Miss Robertson.

Cairneyhill No 2: The Misses Lamont, Mrs Beveridge, Miss Flint, Mrs Robertson.

Crossford stall: The Misses Anderson, Miss Donald, Miss Walker.

Dunfermline stall: Mrs D Gilmour, Mrs D D Blair, Mrs William Erskine, Mrs William Bald.

Refreshment stall: Mrs Stark, Miss Calderhead.

Fruit and flower stall: Messrs J Low and J McDonald

Home burned to ground

Dundee Courier 16 June 1931

A Cairneyhill family of eight were rendered homeless and lost almost all of their belongings in a fire yesterday afternoon.

Mr George Johnston was engaged in tar-painting operations at his dwelling-house on a small holding by Bankhead, when the interior of the house was observed to be in flames.

He had left tar boiling on the kitchen fire, and it had apparently boiled over.

Dunfermline Fire Brigade were summoned, but so rapidly did the flames spread that on their arrival under Firemaster Tarvit they found the wooden building a mass of flames.

The nearest water was over half a mile distant, and with this handicap there was no hope of saving anything.

With pails of water however, they were successful in preventing the outbreak spreading to the adjoining bungalows.

Mrs Johnson was in Dunfermline at the time, and Mr Johnston and the children present could only watch their home being burned to the ground.

It was a pathetic spectacle, and some of the children were in tears.

A few of their belongings were saved, the damage being estimated at £800.

Death of James Moir

[James Moir is named on the Cairneyhill War Memorial, second from the top]

Dundee Evening Telegraph 13 October 1915

Black Watch Officer who has fallen – hero in the struggle

Second-Lieutenant J M Moir, 1st Black Watch, has been killed in an attack on a German position. He was a son of the late Rev John Moir, BD, Cairneyhill, Fife, and was born in 1889. Educated in Glasgow, he graduated in arts in 1908, and in same year he entered the service of the Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society. On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the Glasgow Highlanders (Territorial Force) and went to France with the battalion at the beginning of November. In June he was sent to the Cadet School at Headquarters, and received his commission in the 1st Black Watch, being gazetted early in August. His sisters reside in Doune Terrace, Glasgow.

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour

(James Moir’s entry in the University of Glasgow Roll of Honour gives us a few different details.)

James McMurchy Moir was the son of the late Reverend John Moir, BD, Cairneyhill, he was born on 17th October 1889 and attended Hillhead High School.

After leaving school he entered the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in arts in 1908. In the same year he entered the service of the Scottish Amicable Life Assurance Society, and in 1912 gained the degree of FFA [Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries]. he had rapid promotion, and in 1914 was appointed inspector of the Manchester branch of the Society.

On the outbreak of war he enlisted as a private in the Glasgow Highlanders, and went with the battalion to France at the beginning of November 1914. He served there until June 1915, when he was given a commission in the 1st Black Watch. He was twenty-five years of age when he fell leading his men into attack in the German positions on the 25th September 1915.

In his obituary it is written:

Lieutenant Moir was clearly marked out for a high place in his profession, and he was greatly beloved by all who knew him.

This is the family grave in Cairneyhill graveyard:

Hatches, Matches and Dispatches Part 1

Dear blog reader

This is the first part in a new series of Cairneyhill hatches, matches and dispatches that have appeared in the newspapers.

I have always found such finds very exciting in my own 30 years of family history research and I hope this helps anyone doing similar Cairneyhill-based research.

Please note that for privacy reasons all entries will be 100 years old and over.

(Glossary: inst/instant means of the present month and ultimo means of last month).


Glasgow Herald 10 July 1883

Moir – At Cairneyhill Manse, on the 7th instant, Mrs Moir; a daughter.

Dundee Courier 10 January 1887

At Cairneyhill Manse, on the 7th inst, the wife of the Rev John Moir, a daughter.

Glasgow Herald 25 March 1898

Erskine – At Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, on the 21st inst, the wife of Mr Ralph Erskine; a son.


Caledonian Mercury 3 July 1843

At Cairneyhill Manse, Fifeshire, on the 30th ultimo, Mr William Cromarty, St Margaret’s Hope, Orkney, to Catherine, second daughter of Henry Norquay Esq, same place

Manchester Times 19 October 1847

On the 13th inst, at Cairneyhill Manse, near Dunfermline, by the Rev John Moore, the Rev David Winton, of the United Presbyterian Church, missionary to Jamaica, to Ellen, second daughter of the late Alexander Baird, Esq MD Farnworth, near Liverpool

Glasgow Herald 15 June 1868

At 157 Upper Main Street, Gorbal, on the 12th instant, by the Rev James S Taylor of Hutchesontown UP Church, assisted by the Rev David Borland, MA of Cairneyhill, Mr James Morrison, clerk to Margaret, third daughter of the late Mr William Paterson, agent, Glasgow

Glasgow Herald 28 April 1871

At Fauldshead Terrace, Renfrew, on the 27th inst, by the Rev Robert Stephen MA assisted by the Rev David Borland MA of Cairneyhill, cousin of the bride, Archibald Fletcher Esq, sewed muslin manufacturer, Glasgow to Henrietta, only daughter of Mr John Wilson, late publisher and bookseller, Rothesay.

Glasgow Herald 15 June 1871

At Cairneyhill, by Dunfermline, on the 13th inst, by the Rev A M Jarvie, P Hodge, teacher, to Helen France, elder daughter of Thomas Duncanson, builder.

Aberdeen Press and Journal 22 September 1881

At Castlehead, Paisley, on the 19th inst, by the Rev A G Fleming, assisted by the Rev George Crawford, the Rev John Moir, BD, Cairneyhill, to Mary, youngest daughter of the late James McMurchy.

Aberdeen Press and Journal 25 December 1882

At Muirside, Cairneyhill, on the 22nd inst, by the Rev Mr Gull, minister of Torryburn, assisted by the Rev Mr Pitt, BD, minister of the first charge, the Abbey Church, Dunfermline, John Loudos, solicitor, Haddington, to Mary Yates, third daughter of James White Esq, The Boreland, Glendevon, Perthshire and Muirside, Cairneyhill.

Glasgow Herald 7 June 1889

Stupart – McKay – At Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, on the 6th inst, by the Rev John Moir BD, James W Stupart, harbourmaster, Bridgeness, Bo’ness, to Eliza Wilson, widow of James C McKay, late of Govan, and eldest daughter of the late William Wilson, Cairneyhill


Glasgow Herald 6 January 1868

At the UP Manse, Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, on the 2nd instant, the Rev John More, in the 80th year of his age, and 54th of his ministry

Glasgow Herald 4 February 1870

At Cairneyhill, on the 31st ultimo, Mr John Duncanson, in the 73rd year of his age – Friends will please accept of this intimation

Glasgow Herald 17 July 1872

Suddenly at Cairneyhill, Dunfermline on the 14th inst, Mr Peter Hodge, teacher, 187 George Street

Glasgow Herald 14 February 1880

Wilson – At Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, on the 13th inst, after a long and painful illness, Willaim Wilson, aged 67 years – Friends will please accept of this intimation

Aberdeen Press and Journal 20 December 1882

At Cairneyhill, on the 11th inst, James Philp, late of Tillicoultry, aged 58.

Dunfermline Saturday Press 23 August 1884

Reid – At Cairneyhill, on the 20th inst, Jean Templeman, aged 79 years, widow of the late Henry Reid.  Friends omitted please accept this intimation. (Australian and American papers please copy).

Dunfermline Saturday Press 8 November 1884

Calderhead – At Cairneyhill, on the 19th ult, John Calderhead, feuar, aged 86 years

Deas – At Cairneyhill, on the 6th inst, Alexander Deas, aged 67 years

Dunfermline Saturday Press 15 January 1887

Templeman – At 46 Dundas Street, Glasgow, on the 6th inst, John, eldest son of the late Robert Templeman, Cairneyhill, aged 47 years

Dunfermline Saturday Press 17 September 1887

Templeman – At Cairneyhill, near Dunfermline, on the 14th inst, Alexander, youngest son of the late Mr George Templeman, aged 15 years

Glasgow Herald 22 December 1891

Gilmour – At Cairneyhill, Dunfermline, on the 19th inst, in the 77th year of her age, Christian Blair, wife of John Gilmour – Friends please accept this intimation.

Glasgow Herald 11 June 1897

Moir – At 7 Huntly Terrace, Kelvinside, Glasgow, on the 10th inst, Mary McMurchy, widow of Rev John Moir, Cairneyhill

Glasgow Herald 17 September 1900

Erskine – at Cairneyhill, by Dunfermline, on the 11th inst, John Erskine, farmer, aged 75 years – Friends omitted please accept this intimation.

Sir Robert Herron, Knight

[Hawaiian Gazette 1 November 1898]

I must admit, I didn’t know that a son of Cairneyhill was a Sir and a Knight until one evening recently when I was meandering in the Dunfermline digitised newspapers and I found an intriguing article about a visit to Cairneyhill by Sir and Lady Herron:

Dunfermline Saturday Press 29 September 1888

Distinguished Visitors

‘Sir Robert and Lady Herron arrived in the town from Kingstown, Dublin on the evening of Saturday last, and took apartments in the City Arms Hotel. We understand Sir Robert’s intentions by his visit were stimulated by a laudable desire to see his native village (Cairneyhill) and visit the scenes of his boyish rambles.

Sir Robert and his lady drove to Cairneyhill Church on the Sunday, and attended the forenoon and afternoon services there, and in the evening were present at the centenary service held in Chalmers Street Church, Dunfermline. On Monday they visited the Corporation Buildings, the Abbey Church and Ruins and St Margaret’s Power-loom Works, where they were shown over the same in the most courteous manner by Mr William Robertson, the senior partner of that establishment. They afterwards visited Sir Arthur and Lady Halkett at Pitfirrane, leaving here in Tuesday forenoon for a tour through the Highlands.

About nine years ago Sir Robert, then Mayor of Kingstown, Dublin, presented that town with a town-hall at a cost of between £6000 and £7000, and after opening ceremony gave a most sumptous banquet to over six hundred of his townsmen and friends. In consequence of his many munificent acts during his municipal reign, Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen conferred the honour of knighthood on him on the occasion of her Jubilee.

Sir Robert is presently on his marriage tour, and we cannot do less than wish him and his bride good weather and every enjoyment.’

Robert was born in Cairneyhill on 17 August 1835 to Robert Herron, a carrier, most probably the equivalent of a postman, and Lillias Henderson. I am most impressed by Robert junior’s rise from the son of a Cairneyhill postman to a Knight …..

Sir Robert’s obituary in the 1 November 1898 Honolulu edition of the Hawaiian Gazette tells us more about Sir Robert’s life:

‘It is a sad and sorrowful duty to announce the death of Sir Robert Herron, Knight, which took place at his residence on Kinau Street, in this city, Friday afternoon. Sir Robert, who had not been in good health for some time, was taken seriously ill on Tuesday, the 18th inst. This was during the absence of Lady Herron and most of the family, who were attending the marriage of the eldest son on Hawaii. The medical attendants of Sir Robert, Drs Herbert and Humphris, were immediately summoned and declared his condition to be critical. Word was sent to Lady Herron, who returned to town on Saturday night last. From the time of her arrival Sir Robert appeared to rally, and hope was entertained of his ultimate recovery, but at midnight on Thursday a change for the worse took place and Sir Robert slowly sank until his death, at 1.45 o’clock Friday afternoon, all the members of the family in Honlulu being present when he passed away.

Sir Robert was born on August 17 1837 [date contradictory to the Cairneyhill Church Registers] at Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. In early manhood he went to Dublin, Ireland, and entered on a commercial career at Kingstown, Dublin. After being appointed Magistrate for the County of Dublin, and chairman of the Kingstown Commissioners for a number of years, Sir Robert finally received the honor of Knighthood in 1887. In 1890 he sold out his commercial interests and retired from business, and in 1894 settled with his family in Honolulu.

During his residence in Ireland Sir Robert was a prominent member of the Masonic Order, and frequently visited the local lodges in Honolulu. He was twice married. His first wife died in 1883 leaving him a son Robert, who died in 1887. His second wife, Anna Danford, survives him. Besides the widow, Lady Herron, he leaves a sister, Mrs McIntyre, residing in Scotland; his relatives in Honolulu are Mr and Mrs Danford, Rev V H and Mrs [illegible], Judge W L and Mrs Stanley, Mr Wm Danford and the Misses Alys and Ana Danford. The funeral service will be held from St Andrew’s Cathedral at 3 o’clock this afternoon, the interment taking place in Nuuanu cemetery.

Sir Robert Herron was a fine type of the Christian gentleman. he was a tall, strong, handsome man, dignified yet genial, always graceful, one whom it was a pleasure and a privilege top known. He became well-known in Hawaii and was exceedingly well-liked. He had full success in a business career, was well to the fore in politics in his own country and was considered a man of distinction. He was a favourite with many of the noted personages of Great Britain and was known as one of unbounded hospitality.’

Robert Herron’s parents and siblings are buried in Cairneyhill graveyard:

Thomas Blair, Solicitor

[Edinburgh Evening News 15 May 1897]

When the solicitors’ firm of Thomas Blair & son closed in Dunfermline in 2016, it was reported as one of the oldest Fife firms in existence, having started in 1840.

The firm was started by a Cairneyhill man, Thomas Blair (pictured above) born in 1822 in Cairneyhill to Andrew Blair and Isabella Wilson.

The report of Thomas’ death tells a lot about his career and interests:

Death of an ex-Baillie – Dundee Courier 13 May 1897

‘Mr Thomas Blair, solicitor, died yesterday morning at his residence in Viewfield Place. The deceased, who was a native of the neighbouring village of Cairneyhill, was a well-known public man, having been a member of the Dunfermline Town Council for the long period of twenty-five years. For a considerable part of that time Mr Blair was a burgh treasurer and after a magistrate. The deceased, who was seventy-four years of age, leaves a widow and family.’

Thomas Blair is buried with his family in Cairneyhill graveyard:

Church ministers

This week I am going to outline the various ministers who have been Cairneyhill ministers since the church was built in 1752.

(There will be a post in the future outlining the changing theological points of view at Cairneyhill in line with changing theological points of view in Scotland over the centuries).

Reverend James Burt

The 1st minister was James Burt. Reverend Burt was originally from Leslie and was ordained at Cairneyhill on 5 April 1755. The church members who ‘called’ Reverend Burt numbered 62 men and 6 female head of families.

In 1781 there were 143 Church members in the parish.

Reverend Burt died in Dunfermline in 1792 and is buried in Cairneyhill graveyard.

Reverend Thomas Blair

The 2nd minister was Thomas Blair from Kilmarnock who was ordained at Cairneyhill on 13 September 1791. Thomas Blair was called by 77 male members and 16 male adherents (ie those who were not formal members).

Unfortunately it was discovered that Reverend Blair was unsuitable due to his issues with alcohol and he was let go on 14 May 1813.

Reverend Blair subsequently moved to Ayrshire and attempted periodically to gain permission to work as a minister but was never again permitted. He died at Stevenston, Ayrshire in 1820.

Reverend John More

The 3rd minister, Reverend More, was from Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire and was ordained at Cairneyhill on 13 September 1814. 44 church members ‘called’ Reverend More.

Reverend More and his wife had financial difficulties due to the stipend (ie pay) attached to Cairneyhill church not being high enough and so Mrs More opened a ladies’ seminary (about which I have blogged previously).

In 1837 the stipend was £96 (equivalent to £6,500 nowadays) and the church came with a house ie the manse, a garden and a glebe (ie a piece of land or fields) of 2 acres.

Communicants in Reverend More’s time numbered 250 and Reverend More’s entire congregation was 400 people residing in Carnock parish, 106 in Torryburn, 45 in Dunfermline, 35 in Culross and 8 in Saline.

On Reverend More’s jubilee in 1864, he was given many presents including 580 sovereigns.

(I will publish a blog post on Reverend More’s jubilee in the future).

Reverend More died in 1868.

In July 1866 the congregation called a new minister Reverend James M Copland to act as an assistant to Reverend More in his older years but Reverend Copland declined their offer.

(I will publish a blog post in the future on Reverend More’s obituary).

Reverend David Boreland

The 4th minister, Reverend Boreland, from Glasgow was ordained at Cairneyhill in 1867 to act as an assistant to Reverend More.

(I shall publish a blog post on Reverend Boreland’s induction in the future).

Unfortunately Reverend Boreland’s time at Cairneyhill was not successful due to money issues.

The congregation had offered a stipend of £120 but unfortunately the congregation reneged on this because they could not afford it and they did not want the church to go into debt.

On 20 June 1876 Reverend Boreland resigned.

Reverend John Moir

The 5th minister, Reverend Moir, was unanimously ordained to Cairneyhill on 30 November 1876. (He had previously rejected job offers from Belfast and Ardersier).

in 1876 there were 116 names on the communion roll and the stipend was £90 with manse and garden.

Reverend Moir became ill and died in 1895.

(I have previously blogged Reverend Moir’s obituary).

Reverend William Forbes

The 6th minister, Reverend Forbes, was from Aberdeen and was ordained at Cairneyhill in 1895.

In 1899 there were 144 members and the stipend was £90 plus manse.

Reverend Forbes served on Carnock Parish Council and Carnock School Board and was a JP.

Reverend Forbes died in 1943.

Reverend Robert McVicar

The 7th minister, Reverend McVicar, was ordained at Cairneyhill in 1943 but moved on in 1946.

(I shall publish a blog post on Reverend McVicar’s induction in the future).

Reverend William Cunningham

The 8th minister, Reverend William Cunningham, was inducted at Cairneyhill in 1946 at the age of 43 having previously worked in Chapelhall.

Reverend Cunningham was the last minister to live in Cairneyhill manse.

Reverend Cunningham retired in 1968 and died in St Andrews in 1994.

Reverend David Archibald

The 9th minister, Reverend Archibald, was born in India in 1913. He had previously worked at Bargrennan and then , from 1961, at Torryburn and Newmills. In 1963 he also became the minister of Cairneyhill.

Reverend Archibald retired in 1983 and died in 2002 in Lincolnshire.

Reverend Robert Henderson

The 10th minister, Reverend Henderson, was born in Edinburgh in 1925 and previously worked in Melrose until he was called to Cairneyhiull in 1984. Cairneyhill church was now linked with Limekilns church and Reverend Henderson lived in Limekilns manse. In 1985 his wife became an auxiliary minister.

The Reverends Henderson attracted a congregation – in 1984 there were 77 communicant members and 6 years later 203 communicant members.

Reverend Henderson retired in 1990 and died in Edinburgh in 1999.

Reverend Grant

The 11th minister, Reverend Norman Grant, was inducted to Cairneyhill and Limekilns churches in 1990 and is still the minister.