History - Balnain & Glenmoriston

The thatched place of worship in Balnain, had become ruinous by 1815. Preaching took place in barns, and frequently in the open air. In 1825 tenders were invited for constructing a new slated building, forty feet long by twenty-four feet wide. The estimated cost, which included two doors, four windows, pulpit, and a precentor’s seat, was £140. The people sent in a petition in 1828, and at last in 1829, it was said that the new meeting house would be completed by the winter. In March, 2006, the building is being demolished to be replaced by a new house.

In Glenmoriston, the two buildings which had existed from about 1624 fell into ruin by 1700 and were replaced by two thatched meeting houses, one of which provided accommodation in the loft, for the missionary. In 1813 there was a new missionary, ‘whose labours have been constantly exerted to instruct the people.’ In 1815, the principal heritor, James Murray Grant, requested Colonel F W Grant, the principal heritor, to contribute towards the replacement of the two meeting houses in Glenmoriston which were both thatched and leaking, the total cost of which was to be one hundred and fifty pounds. Colonel Grant at first declined, but by 1829, agreed to contribute fifty pounds towards the cost of repairs.

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