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Free Church of Scotland



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The Free Church of Scotland was formed by ministers who broke away from the Church of Scotland in 1843.  The Hill and  Adamson partnership, based at Rock House, produced calotype photos of many of the dissenting ministers.  DO Hill used these photos to create his painting of The Disruption, featuring 457 people associated with the disruption, at the First General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland.  

This painting measures 12ft x 4ft 8ins.  It took Hill 23 years to paint.  The painting may, in fact, have been completed by his wife.  

The painting was purchased by The Free Church of Scotland in 1866, and now hangs in the Free Presbytery Hall of Church of Scotland, 15 North Bank Street, Edinburgh 1