John Stirling Minister 1648-1727

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John Stirling - Minister

Notes: Principal, University of Glasgow, 1701-1727. Minister of Inchinnan, 1691-1694 Minister of Greenock West, 1694-1701. Son of John Stirling d.1683.[1]

Letter from Lord Pollock to John Stirling. London, December 12 1702 London

Images of the Old West Kirk at Greencock
Greenock Parish Kirk

Old West Kirk

Within The Old West Kirk there is a brass plaque which lists its ministers from 1591 to 1832: the heading is a reminder of its historic beginning:

Under a Charter of King James VI
Given at Holyrood House November 18th, 1589 
This Church was built
by Sir John Shaw of Greenock in 1591.

The Ministers of the Church:

*Andrew Murdo (1591)
*John Layng (1598)
*James Taylor (1640)
*Niel Gillies (1679)
*Alexander Gordon (1688)
*John Stirling (1694)
*Andrew Turner (1704)
*David Turner (1721)
*Allan McAulay (1786)
*Robert Steele (1792)
*Patrick McFarlane, D.D. (1832)

Disused in 1841 after having been for 250 years the Parish Church and for (150)
of these the only church in Greenock.

Restored and re-opened on Christmas Day 1864 through the liberality of the parishioners."

Presented by James Rankin, M.A. Ordained Minister here July 21st, 1865.
  1. See Fasti Ecclesiae Scotticanae