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The Disruption of 1843


Andrew Bonar was among the 450 evangelical ministers, led by Thomas Chalmers, who seceded from the Church of Scotland in 1843 to establish the Free Church of Scotland. The evangelicals opposed the patronage system of the Church of Scotland, which allowed rich landowners to appoint local pastors contrary to the popular will of the congregation. Concerned for the purity of the church, the preservation of tradition and the social fabric, and the autonomy of the local community, they formed a new denomination with their own new ministerial colleges and church buildings.

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Andrew Bonar

Very Revd Dr Andrew Alexander Bonar DD was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland, a contemporary and acquaintance of Robert Murray M’cheyne and youngest brother of Horatius Bonar. He was born in the Broughton district of Edinburgh, the son of James Bonar (1758–1821), a solicitor with the Excise, and his wife Marjory…

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