Friday, 2 October 2015

Kelty - Moray Church and Concert for soldiers

In the Dunfermline Journal and Advertiser for West Fife 100 years ago this weekend (to be specific the 2 October 1915 issue)


The Call to Moray Church

At the meeting of Dunfermline and Kinross Presbytery held at Dunfermline on Tuesday, a call by the congregation of Kelty Moray church to Mr William Craig BD a probationer was sustained.  Two candidates besides Mr Craig were nominated but he was adopted by a clear majority.  Rev George Lake Crossgates said the call was signed by 237 members and 22 adherents.  That might seem rather small out of a congregation of 483 but he wished the Presbytery to remember that 60 young members were at present serving with the army.  Once the new minister was placed the work would go on prosperously and he did not think the Presbytery should hesitate about sustaining the call.  Mr Shorthouse Kelty said he was certain that the new minister would receive a hearty welcome from the congregation.  The call was a most unanimous one.  Mr Duff Kelty said Mr Craig was a young man and there would be great scope for his abilities.  He had no doubt that the future would be very bright. 

This is what was formerly known as Moray church:

Moray Church became a community centre in 1974 and is now known as the Moray Institute.

Concert to wounded soldiers

A highly sucessful concert was given to the wounded soldiers in hospital at Tillryie by the Kelty Junior Orchestra on Wednesday last under the conductorship of Mr Alex R Penman.  The other players who took part were:- 1st violins James Watson, Alex Downie and Alex Mill, 2nd violins Henry Wells and Andrew Galloway, Cello Andrew Forrester, Clarinet David Lawson, Cornet Robert Sneddon while Archibald Penman provided the accompaniments.  Mr A R Penman the conductor, who went through a long course of training in Edinburgh, contributed 2 solos which were much appreciated.  The whole proceedings were a great success and everyone present spent a very enjoyable evening.  Mr John Armstrong and Mr A Inglis, Kelty conveyed the artistes from Kelty to Tillyrie and back in their motor cars free of charge.

Tillyrie House is near Milnathort and was used as an auxiliary hospital during WW1.  The house was built around 1841 and is still standing.

Tune in next week to see what happened in Dunfermline next week 100 years ago ..........

Blog written by Jacqueline Hunter of Ancestral Research by Jacqueline, Dunfermline, Scotland. Please email me at if I can help you with your family history research.


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