Trinity Evangelical Church

Trinity Evangelical Union(SMR 1466)

 NS 8884 8000

NS 8889 8002

NS 8882 8035

TIMELINE

1843    Falkirk Evangelical Union Church

1874    Howgate Evangelical Union Church

1893    Trinity Evangelical Union Church

1897    Trinity Congregational Church

1843: Rev Rutherford was expelled from the Erskine Church for holding “Morisonian” views.   In  May he and several others founded  the  Evangelical Union,  and  in June a large proportion of the Erskine congregation in  Falkirk joined  him  in  the purchase of the original building  of  the  Congregational Church,  then  possessed by the Baptists (later occupied by  Young’s  furniture store in Bank Street, built 1802 demolished 1846).

1845: New building on the north side of Bank Street erected at a cost of £1,100, members of the congregation using their own carts to supply the building stone and thus reduce the cost.  Builder, John Ramsey of Laurieston.  Fronting onto Bank Street this presented a single storey with three ridged roofs aligned north/south.  A central porch projected forward of the building to give architectural relief.  It had a large arched entrance.  (The building still remains as the lower storey of the later Bingo Hall, the church having been converted into a picture house in 1919.  It is now a Wotherspoon Public house called Carron Works).

1846: The congregation split, the majority stayed with their minister, Mr Duncanson, and kept the building and communion plate in return for a payment of £230.  The remainder followed Mr Rutherford who had spent a lot of time touring Scotland in the cause of the new denomination.

1850:  Mr  Rutherford’s followers moved to the old Cistern Lane  Chapel,  where services  were  held  in Gaelic for Highlanders visiting the  town  during  the Trysts.

1852: Mr Duncanson’s followers joined the Congregational Church, but the union was never consummated until January 1897.

1857: Cistern Lane Church closed, and in November the Evangelical Union Home Mission Commission set up a mission in the Assembly Hall, Wilson’s Buildings.

1859: Mission closed in January.

1872:  Meetings were held on Sabbath mornings at Johnston’s Temperance Hotel.  In July a preaching service was opened at the Corn Exchange.

1873: Such was the success of the preaching service that a new church was formed in January.

1874: The old Baptist chapel on the Howgate at the SW corner of Sword’s Wynd cameSwords Wynd Church onto the property market and the building was secured for the E.U. in June for £800 and overhauled.  In 1876 the forms were replaced by seats with book rests.

1892: Three memorial stones laid in the lobby of a new building at the NE end of Meeks Road on 30th September.   Designed by James Strang in the Gothic style, Falkirk and built by Messrs J.  & P McLachlan of Larbert.   Opened 11th June 1893.

1894, Jan: north wall and the roof of the Howgate building collapsed in a gale.  The site was sold shortly afterwards but deprived the church of useful income.

1896:  Another split.   Rev Jackson and his followers were received by the Established Church to form St.  Modan’s quad sacra church (see elsewhere).  The rest of the congregation united with the Congregation Church on the 1st of January the following year to be called Trinity Congregational Church.   In May 1898 part of the Congregational Church were accepted into the United Presbyterian Church to form St. James’ U.P. Church in Thornhill Road.

1972: The Trinity Congregation united with the Methodist (James St), Church of Scotland (Grahams Rd & Bute St) congregations to form the Grahamston United Church.

ORGAN

1892:  Presented by Mr Dougal of Arnotbank and erected by W.E.  Richardson, Manchester.

1923: Enlarged.

SEATING

1845: 800-1000.

1891: New floor and seating.

1892: New church sat 500, and about 180 in the hall.

MINISTERS OF FALKIRK EVANGELICAL UNION CHURCH

1843

Rutherford, Alexander Cuming  

Mar 1846

Duncanson, Alexander 1852
  Mitchell, Henry  

Jun 1853

MacCallum, Gilbert Dec 1856

Nov 1874

Bell, George 1877

May 1878

Spaven, John Oct 1879

Mar 1880

Morton, John 1881

Feb 1882

King, John Liddle 1884

Feb 1885

Jackson, Robert Winchester May 1896

Oct 1896

Pollock, Alexander Aug 1904

Aug 1904

Scanlan, George Nov 1916

Apr 1917

Hall, James  
  Downie, William  
  Philip, Robert  

G.B. Bailey (2019)