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Dr. John Gordon Lorimer

Wrong Dr. John Gordon Lorimer?

Minister

St David
 
Background

Employment History

  • Minister
    Free St David's Church
  • Minister
    Free St David
  • Iraqi Interior Minister
Web References
The Church under the Cross
www.stdavidschurch.freeserve.co.uk, 26 Sept 2008 [cached]
John Gordon Lorimer (1808-68) was uncle of William Laughton Lorimer who translated the New Testament into Scots.
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J G Lorimer was only 28 when he became minister of St. David's.His early years of ministry there saw a great conflict between the Church and State.
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Lorimer was faced with leaving the splendid new Ramshorn Kirk, his manse and stipend, and taking as many of his congregation as would go with him.It is a tribute to him that he did all this.The Free Church of Scotland was born and Lorimer was the first minister of the Free St David's as it was to be known.Incidentally, the Ramshorn Kirk continued to be known as St David's Ramshorn (Church of Scotland) until as late as 1953 when the Barony church closed and the name Barony Ramshorn was used until the closure of the church in 1983.The Rev Gordon Paton DD succeeded Lorimer there in 1843.
St. David's Moves West
(On leaving the Ramshorn Church, Lorimer and his congregation were granted the use of an adjoining hall in Ingram Street, known as the Assembly Rooms.
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There were a number of references to Dr. Lorimer in the Rev. Thomas Brown's book "Annals of the Disruption" 1884. 'The district chosen for the new church was popularly known as 'Botany Bay' in which the carelessness and obduracy of the people were appalling'.Into that locality they threw a band of office bearers and Christian workers, and Dr. Lorimer, writing in 1846, describes the prospects of the undertaking as 'full of promise'."I have no hesitation" he wrote "in stating that the Disruption has had a most beneficial effect on the minds of many of my flock, and especially among the young".
Glasgow in the mid-1800s was expanding rapidly in all directions, most notably to the West.The area around North Frederick Street was at the heart of much development as the population moved out to make way for large commercial buildings, a hotel and major railway station (Queen Street) as well as buildings which were to become part of the Technical College (Strathclyde - Andersons! - University).Dr Lorimer, his Kirk Session and Deacons Court (Congregational Board) became anxious at the loss of membership 'through death and removal of valued members.'
A church in West Regent Street (Free St George's) was already preparing to move West (to Elderslie Street) and in 1864 the congregation, after negotiations between the relevant Office Bearers, moved into the vacant church.This was situated close to Renfield Street and proved to be an unfortunate choice.Two years after the move to West Regent Street, dry rot was found in the building and after repairs the church went into debt for the first time.In 1868 Dr Lorimer died, and was succeeded by Dr R. Riach Thom.
St David's 70th Anniversary
www.stdavidschurch.freeserve.co.uk, 16 May 2006 [cached]
The minister of the time, John Lorimer (uncle of William Lorimer who translated the New Testament into Scots) and most of his congregation left the Ramshorn to be the first minister and congregation of Free St David's.After a number of changes of premises (mainly North Frederick Street and West Regent Street) a new building was erected in Cromwell Street.
The Gadsden Times - Latest News from Gadsden, Alabama
www.gadsdentimes.com, 21 Sept 2005 [cached]
John Lorimer, said the Iraqi interior minister had personally ordered the release of the British soldiers on Monday but that his order "seems to have been ignored."
However, Haidar al-Ebadi, spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said the police had been right to arrest the soldiers and denied that the Interior Ministry had ordered their release.The soldiers were arrested, he added, because they "had been acting suspiciously in civilian clothes without adequate papers."
"For two guys to be collecting information in civilian clothes in the current tense situation in Iraq and in Basra, the reaction of the Iraqi police is understandable," he said.
Welcome to TimesDaily.com
www.timesdaily.com, 21 Sept 2005 [cached]
John Lorimer, said the Iraqi interior minister had personally ordered the release of the British soldiers on Monday but that his order "seems to have been ignored."
However, Haidar al-Ebadi, spokesman for Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, said the police had been right to arrest the soldiers and denied that the Interior Ministry had ordered their release.The soldiers were arrested, he added, because they "had been acting suspiciously in civilian clothes without adequate papers."
"For two guys to be collecting information in civilian clothes in the current tense situation in Iraq and in Basra, the reaction of the Iraqi police is understandable," he said.
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