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CHRONOLOGY AND LIST OF PREVIOUS MINISTERS

The following is a chronology of the development of the church, including a list of previous ministers.   This information is transcribed from a history of the parish compiled by Andrew Lamb, updated to the present.

1116

In the diocese of Glasgow. Amongst the Churches found to belong to the See of Glasgow by the inquest appointed by David, Prince of Cumbria, was Planmichael or Llanmichael.
1179 In a Bull granted by Pope Alexander III confirming the title to the Chapter of Glasgow, mention is made of the Church of Chermicdh.
1181 A subsequent Bull of Confirmation includes the Church of Kermichael, granted by Lucius III.
1186 A further Bull by Urban.
1296-1361 Robert de Jedworth was appointed Rector.  The first named Parson or Rector.
1306 Robert the Bruce, after his accession, granted a charter to Sir James Douglas of the whole lands of Kirkmychel.
1319 Sir James Douglas appointed an unnamed cleric as Parson.
1362-1451 Richard Dawrog appointed Rector of Carmichael.
1450-1457 James Lindsay, Rector.
1457-1458 Thomas Meldon, Rector.
1457-1458 Quintin Weir, Parson.
1458-1462 William de Lander (Lawder), Rector.
1462 John de Rynde (Rhind).
1465-1481 Adam Weir, Rector.
1481-1506 Alexander Inglis (Ingles).
1506-1511 Thomas Boyd, Rector.
1511-1545 Thomas de Merton, Rector. Witness to a confession by James IV in 1511 of a grant of the lands of Meadowflat in Covington which had been made by the late John Lindsay, Laird of Covington to John Carmichael.
1528 Lord Douglas being forced into exile by James V, the patronage of the Church was given to William Carmichael, then, upon his death in 1530, to his son John.
1542 Following the death of James V, and having regained favour, the patronage was returned to Lord Douglas.
1545-1560 Andrew Charteris, Rector. Witnessed a charter, confirmed by Queen Mary, concerning the Lands of Torrens, granted by James Hamilton in 1545/6.
1560 All church property reverted to the Crown.
1560 George Douglas.
1560-1569 George Landels.
1569-1574 Ninion Swan.  Admitted as Exorter.
1574-1586 John Leverance.   Elder minister of Douglas, under obligation to pay the reader at Carmichael.
1586 James Fotheringham.
1589 Andrew Walker.   Presented by William, Earl of Angus.
1589-1597 Robert Landels (Laurelles).
1597-1607 John Symington.
1607-1639 James Heighe (Haig or Heggie).
1639-1640 Robert Nairne M.A. He was an 'Expectant' (a Divinity student preparing for a licence to preach) employed by the Town Council of Edinburgh to preach in vacant parishes.   He failed to read the national Covenant to the parishioners in Carmichael, demitted office, and died insane.
1640 William Hamilton M.A.  Presented by William, the Marquis of Douglas.
1640-1650 Alexander Livingstone M.A.  He was inducted by the Presbytery.
1647 James Semple.
1650-1663 James Hamilton M.A. His was 'The Ministry of Troubled Times'.  He was fined by the Privy Council on 8th June for failing to observe the anniversary of the Restoration, a year after he had been 'indulged' in the parish.   There was also a complaint that he was baptising children from neighbouring parishes.   He was expelled from manse, church, parish and livings, deprived by Act of Parliament on 11th June 1662 and Decree of the Privy Council on 1st October of the same year because he would not 'own or submit to the Bishops'.
1665-1666 Alexander Foulis M.A. (Faulds) Appointed by Alexander, Bishop of Glasgow.
1666-1669 John McQueen.
1669-1672 Peter Peirson M.A. (Penson).   Presented by James, Marquis of Douglas.
1672-1676 William Sommerville M.A.  Came from Crawfordjohn.
1676-1686 John Forrest   'Indulged' here, instead of Tillycoultry.
1686 William Cheyne M.A.  Presented by James, Marquis of Douglas.   Admitted in September, died the same month aged 28.
1668-1688 Lachlan Ross M.A.  Presented by James, Marquis of Douglas.   Was ousted at the restoration of the church.  Went to Ireland.  Became Vicar of Mohill.
1688-1694 The parish was vacant.   On the orders of James, Marquis of Douglas, the stipend was used to renovate the church and manse, to build a new schoolhouse, repair a bridge and maintain two students of philosophy at Edinburgh University.   This was effected by 1693.
1679-1716 James Gartshore (Garthsoar)  When he died in 1745 he was Father of the Synod.
1701 The Patronage of the church was given to John, 1st Earl of Hyndford.
1716-1747 James Lawrie.
1747-1772 Rev William Miller.
1750 At this time the old church on the Kirkhill was closed and a new church built on its present position, known as The' Sparra Mair' (Sparrow Moor).  The outside stone stair leading to the 'Laird's Loft' is believed to have come from the old church.   the New Church had seating for 400, with three lofts or balconies; the Laird's or Hyndford Loft, the Eastend Loft and the Drumalbane Loft.   The heating in winter was by an open fire unit in the middle of the church.
1773-1814 Rev. Robert Inglis.  Presented by John, 4th Earl of Hyndford.   Son of Cornelius Inglis, a surgeon in Lanark, he married Janet Millar, daughter of William Millar, an Edinburgh bookseller.   He compiled the first Statistical Account of Carmichael in 1795.  He also published an address on 'The Alarming State of the Country' in 1804
1814 - 1863 Rev. Dr. William Lamb D.D.  Presented by Andrew, 6th (and last) Earl of Hyndford.  He became Doctor of Divinity (Glasgow) in 1853.   He donated his library to the parish.   It was housed in the school and subsequently purloined by Lanarkshire County Council, despite strenuous efforts to retain it.  He left 300 to found the Lamb Bursary in the University of Glasgow to assist any student of theology from this parish or Pettinain, and also left money for the provision of two new Communion Cups, similar to the others, with the intention that four cups would speed up the service of Sacrament.   He also wrote a Statistical Account of Carmichael in 1838.
1863 - 1884 Rev. John Cary.  He left 1200 to be divided among six deserving poor people, four in Carmichael and two in Pettinain
1884 - 1918 Rev. James Duncan Walker Gibson B.D.  An avid ornithologist, he left a glass case containing over fifty species of birds, stuffed by himself, to the school.  He wrote a book, published in 1897, 'Birds of Carmichael', established a Church Choir, under James Speirs, and, in 1890, organised as excursion for his parishoners to Edinburgh, visiting the Castle and Holyrood and a sail on the River Forth.
1902 The Church was completely renovated by architect Sir John Lorimer.   The two end lofts were removed and the Lairds cut back by half.  A new roof was put on and a new parquetry floor laid.  A Chancel was formed and big new windows installed, also new bench seating, much reducing the numbers.
1918 - 1948 Rev. Thomas Watt McAndrew.  Wrote 'A Statistical Account of Carmichael', November 1952.
1948 - 1972 Rev. William Cumming M.A.  In 1952, Carmichael was linked with Pettinain and Rev. Cumming took the services in both churches.
1973 - 1979 At a meeting on 23rd March 1972 the Rev. W. Cumming announced he was retiring in September.   Then, at a meeting on 26th June 1972 the Presbytery committee on Unions and Readjustments recommended that the linkage of Carmichael and Pettinain be changed to a three-way linkage which would include the parish of Covington and Thankerton.

To make this possible the Rev. Mr. Thompson of Covington was encouraged to retire to produce a vacancy there.   Several meetings later a vacancy committee was set up to look for a new Minister for the new linked charges.   They selected the Rev. J. A. R. McKenzie, who was inducted as the first Minister of the new triple linkage on Wednesday 29th August 1973 in Covington Church at 7.30 pm.

1980-1984 Rev. Brian Ramsey B.D., D.P.H.
1985-1990 Rev. Andrew Lammie B.D.
1992 - 1994 Rev. Mary Morrison M.A., B.D.
1994 The Rev. Mary Morrison left the triple linkage in January 1994 and the charge became vacant again.  The Presbytery Committee on Unions and Readjustments stepped in again and, because of dwindling congregations, proposed a union of the three Churches.   This was a big step.   It meant all the assets would become joint property of the new united Church and one Manse and two Church Buildings would have to be sold or otherwise disposed of.

Again after many meetings, this was agreed and the deal was also to link the new Church with Symington.   When unions take place in The Church of Scotland a new neutral name is always selected and at a meeting on 2nd March1995 the name Cairngryffe was selected and agreed unanimously.

The selection of one building to become the new place of worship took two visits by two different sets of arbitrators, the first set picking Covington Church, then the second set selecting the Carmichael building.

1995 -1999 Rev. John Brown M.A., B.D.
2001-2010 Rev. Dr. Graham Houston B.Sc., B.D., M.Th., Ph.D.   A former Convenor of the Scottish Bible Society, in 2008 he published a book entitled 'Leading by Example - Peter's Way for The Church Today'.   He retired through ill health on 31st December 2010.
2007 Alterations were made to Cairngryffe Kirk during the period September to November 2007.   During this time the following improvements were made to the interior of the Church.  (1) 14 pews were removed, sold to members of the congregation and replaced by 50 church chairs stained medium oak, to match the pews, with red upholstery.  This was done to give more flexibility and allow the organ to be re-sited against the wall.  (2)  A meeting room was created under the 'Lairds' gallery to accommodate 20 people for meetings and is used by the Kirk Session and the Sunday School (thereby removing the need for them to cross to the Village Hall on cold days).  (3)  The lights in the Church were replaced with new ones 10 times brighter but using less power and all exterior lights were also replaced.  (4) All interior floors of the Church, except under the pews,  were fitted with a new red carpet to match the chairs, including the new Session Room and the Vestry.  (5) The heating was updated by fitting additional heaters under windows and replacing some of the older heaters.   the total cost was just over 33k and was paid for from funds held by the General Trustees in Edinburgh.
2009 The organ was replaced with a modern one in August of 2009.
2012 The charge lay vacant while Presbytery prepared a new Presbytery Plan, services being conducted by a variety of ministers, a Deacon - Miss Anne Lyall - and a worship team of elders.   In 2012 it was proposed the two linked congregations enter a triple linkage with the congregation of Libberton and Quothquan.   This was agreed by all three congregations at meetings on 21st October 2012 and the linkage came into effect on 1st January 2013.   Permission was given to call a new minister to the linked charge without restriction.
2014- Rev George C Shand MA., BD.