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Poser 341 - Minutes of the Synod of Angus and Mearns, 1703

This week we asked you to transcribe a minute about the appointment of the first minister to Brechin taken from the minutes of the Synod of Angus and Mearns, 1703 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/12/1 page 159).

Image of the minutes of the Synod of Angus and Mearns, 1703 (National Records of Scotland, CH2/12/1 page 159).

Transcription:

...of the whole six; And after hearing & con-
sidering what members had to offer for giving
light in this affair very fully & plainly, Mr
John Thomson at Alyth did by order of the Com-
mittie pray to God for light & direction in this
weighty business; Then the lite being drawn
out, the roll called, & votes marked, Mr John
Willison was chosen by a great plurality of
votes to be the man to whome thir united
presbyteries of Brechin & Arbroth shall give
& subscrib a Call tanquam jure devoluto to be
first minister of this town & parish of Brechin
at the sight of & in conjunction with the bre-
thren from the other presbyteries sent by the
Synod, & that the said brethren shall testifie
their concurrence with & approbation of this
Call by their subscribing the same also. And
therefor a presbyterial Call was presently drawn up.

Glossary:

approbation = official approval or sanction
tanquam jure devoluto = where no minister has been nominated to a parish and the presbytery or synod makes the appointment

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