RPCS Archive

Resources by and about the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland and her ministers dating back to the 1700s, most of which are available to read online
[NOTE: We currently only have links to a small selection – this will be an ongoing project]

Publications by the RPCS

Act, Declaration and Testimony for the whole of our Covenanted Reformation (1761) – an early statement of the belief and practice of the church.

Address to the Reformed Presbyterians and other Christians in British America (1834) – Produced by the Committee on Missions.

Testimony of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland: Historical and Doctrinal (1839) – A summary of what the church believes and how it came about. It has since been placed in abeyance, but contains much of value.

An Expostulation with those Christians and Christian Churches, in the United States of America, that are implicated in the sin of slaveholding (1848) – the RP Churches in Britain and America stood out for their early and total condemnation of slaveholding.

Publications by RPCS ministers

Publications about RPCS ministers

H. M. B. Reid – A Cameronian Apostle: being some account of John Macmillan of Balmaghie (1896) – The first minister to the United Societies since James Renwick, M’Millan helped constitute the Reformed Presbytery in 1743.

Archibald Holmes – Memorial Volume to the Rev. James Kerr, D. D. (1906) – Kerr was minister in Greenock and Glasgow.

A. L. Struthers – The life and letters of J. P. Struthers (1919) – Struthers was minister in Greenock and widely regarded as one of the greatest Scottish preachers in generations.

W. McMillan – The Baptismal Record of the Rev. John McMillan (1950) – John McMillan was the first RPCS minister. He ministered from 1706 – 1751.

Trevor McCavery (ed.) – Preachers of the Covenants (2016) – Contains biographies of Torrens Boyd (Penpont) and A. C. Gregg (Loanhead and Greenock).

William Symington (1795 – 1862)

‘Rev. William Symington, D.D.’ in Our Scottish Clergy (1853) – a ‘biographical, theological and critical’ sketch of Symington, written in 1847 when he was minister in Glasgow.

A. M. Symington – Memoir of William Symington D. D. (1795-1862) – Memoir of Rev. William Symington (Stranraer and Glasgow), by his son Alexander Macleod Symington, taken from the 1881 edition of Messiah the Prince.

‘The pulpits of the dissenting churches’ in The Scottish Pulpit (1887) – a brief introduction to William Symington by William M. Taylor, originally addressed to an American audience as the 1886 Lyman Beecher course at Yale University.

Roy Blackwood and Michael LeFebvre – William Symington: Penman of the Scottish Covenanters (2009) – A recent summary of the life and works of the famous Stranraer and Glasgow minister.

Publications about the RPCS

Michael Shields – Faithful Contendings Displayed – This is a history of the United Societies from which the RP Church emerged. It was written in the 1690s, but only published in 1780 by John Howie.

Peter MacIndoe – Vindication of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland (1830) – A response to attacks on the RPCS position on civil government. MacIndoe was minister in Chirnside and Kilmarnock.

Andrew Symington – ‘Reformed Presbyterian Church’ (1853) – The denomination’s Professor of Theology contributed a chapter to the Cyclopaedia of Religious Denominations.

Robert Naismith – Historical sketch of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland (1877) – A brief history of the denomination up to 1876 from the perspective of a minister who joined the Free Church.

Matthew Hutchison – The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland (1893) – A fuller history of the denomination up to 1876 from the perspective of a minister who joined the Free Church.

D. D. Ormond – A Kirk and a College in the Craigs of Stirling (1897)  – A history of the RP Theological College in Stirling.

Alexander Balfour Symington – The story of the Covenanter church (1909) – A. B. Symington was a magazine editor who wrote a short history of the church.

W. J. Couper – The Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland: its congregations and ministers (1925).

W. J. Couper – A breach in the Reformed Presbytery, 1753 (1926).

James E. Robb – Cameronian Fasti: Ministers and Missionaries of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland, 1680-1929.

Scottish Church History Society – Records of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (1929).

Scottish Church History Society – The literature of the Reformed Presbyterian Church: Part I (1935).

Scottish Church History Society – The literature of the Reformed Presbyterian Church: Part II (1938).

Scottish Church History Society – A Reformed Presbyterian Bibliography: Part III (1938).

Scottish Church History Society – A Reformed Presbyterian Bibliography: Part IV (1938).

W. McMillan – The Covenanters after the Revolution of 1688 (1950).

Gordon Keddie – The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland and the Disruption of 1863: Part 1 (1993)

Gordon Keddie – The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland and the Disruption of 1863: Part 2 (1994)

Daniel Ritchie – The Covenanters and the Glorious Revolution (2009).

James A. Dickson – Ministers and Congregations of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland 1680-2016 (2016) – The first record of its kind since 1925.

Published Sermons

Manuscript Minutes

Google map of historic RP church locations

Historic Churches of the RPCS

The RPCS peaked in the mid 19th century with 46 congregations in six Presbyteries, comprising a church of around 7,000 communicant members (not including children or adherents). After a long decline following WWI, the denomination is now growing again.