Reverend James Ingram (1776–1879), Free Church Minister (1843–1879)

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Sometimes referred to as 'The Father of the Free Church', Reverend Ingram spent many years as minister in the outer isles of Shetland, most of them in Unst. He found much poverty and poor conditions, and set about doing all he could, including setting up schools. He is chiefly remembered for the fact that he led his congregation out of the Church of Scotland to form a Free Church in Unst. The fact that in the Church of Scotland at the time the minister was appointed by the laird was the major factor in this move. The measure of the respect he had among his people can be gauged by the fact that 1,054 out of 1,100 members of his flock followed him out, in spite of threats from the laird. This was courageous since he lost stipend, house and kirk building in the process.

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Reverend James Ingram (1776–1879), Free Church Minister (1843–1879)


oil on canvas


H 63.5 x W 50.5 cm

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UHC 1996 0001

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