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For other uses, see Manse (disambiguation).

A manse (/ˈmæns/) is a clergy house inhabited by, or formerly inhabited by, a minister, usually used in the context of Presbyterian,[1][2] Methodist,[3] United church and other traditions.

Ultimately derived from the Latin mansus, "dwelling", from manere, "to remain", by the 16th century the term meant both a dwelling and, in ecclesiastical contexts, the amount of land needed to support a single family.[4]

When selling a former manse, the Church of Scotland always requires that the property should not be called "The Manse" by the new owners, but "The Old Manse" or some other acceptable variation. The intended result is that "The Manse" refers to a working building rather than simply applying as a name.

Popular usage[edit]

The West Manse, Sanday, Orkney, Scotland (formerly the Free Kirk manse)

The term "son (or daughter) of the manse" refers to the son or daughter of a Presbyterian minister, who therefore was brought up in a manse.

Among those to whom the epithet has been applied are:


  1. ^ "Guidelines for Manses" (PDF). Church of Scotland. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "manse". Oxford Dictionary. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Guidelines for Manses" (PDF). Methodist Church in Britain. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  4. ^ OED, "Manse"