1835/37

Discussions were taking place at the Presbytery of Dunbar about a Church which should be built to the Western boundary accommodate the larger population in Dunbar.

 

Funds of £600 from the Parish £100 from East Lothian Presbytry and a further £200 from Church of Scotland expansion fund.

1838

The position of the new Church was discussed, options being Winterfield (not as we know it now) park, part of Winterfield estate gate or Dungens Garden, Belhaven and the name was agreed as the West Parish Church.

 

Estimates were obtained to build the Church of £840 was accepted also cost of the Church Bell was not to exceed £50

1840

The Church was opened with the Rev William Sorley as minister along with a Church officer. The West Parish Church did not have a session as it was an extension of the Dunbar Presbytery.

1843-1850

The Church was occupied by the Free Church, who in due course had to leave due to financial problems.

1850

The Church reopened with debits cleared by Church of Scotland, with the Reverend James Wilson but not as a Parish Church under its own court of Office.

1860

The Parish of Belhaven Church with its own trustees etc. was formed with the Rev Robert Craig.

1859

Ground around the Church was bought from Winterfield Park, which allowed the Church Manse to be built.

1888

The communion table bible lecture and baptismal fount was bestowed. Communion cups cost £8.

1911

The school authorities approached the Church about the old School at end of Beveridge Row, which was bought as the hall for Belhaven Church at that time.

1963

The new hall was at side of Church was opened.

1980

The old manse stables were converted as another meeting room.

From

To

Minister

1840

1843

Rev William Sorley

1843

1850

Rev James Dods  
(occupied by the free Church)

1858

1859

Rev James Wilson

1860

1863

Rev Robert James Craig

1863

1869

Rev Donald McCorquodale

1869

1878

Rev James   Symington

1878

1888

Rev John Oliver

1888

1911

Rev William Vetich

1911

1913

Rev Melville Stewart

1914

1927

Rev Norman McLeod

1927

1947

Rev A J Ritchie

19..

1977

Rev McMartin

1978

2017

Rev Laurence Twaddle

2017

 

Rev Neil Watson