James Henderson (moderator)

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Very Rev Dr James Henderson DD (1797–1874) was a 19th century Scottish minister of the Free Church of Scotland who served as Moderator of the General Assembly to the Free Church 1855/56.


Ratho kirk
St. Enoch's Church in Glasgow

He was born in Kelso in 1797. He studied Divinity at Edinburgh University and was ordained by the Church of Scotland at Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1821. In 1823 he translated to St Bernards Church in Stockbridge, Edinburgh and in 1826 translated to Ratho Kirk. He lived in Ratho manse.[1]

In 1832 he moved to St Enoch's Church in Glasgow. He was then living at 29 Bath Street.[2]

In the Disruption of 1843 he left the Church of Scotland and joined the Free Church of Scotland. A St Enoch's Free Church was built on Waterloo Street in Glasgow.[3]

In 1855 he succeeded Rev James Grierson as Moderator of the General Assembly the highest position in the church. In 1856 he was succeeded in turn by Rev Thomas M'Crie.[4]

He died in North Berwick on 12 September 1874.[5]

After his death St Enochs Free Church was known as the Melville Church after its next minister Rev Melville.


In 1854 he married Charlotte Marjory Reddie.


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  1. ^ Ewings Annals of the Free Church
  2. ^ Glasgow Post Office Directory 1840
  3. ^ Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow
  4. ^ Ewings Annals of the Free Church
  5. ^ Free Church Monthly January 1875