CONSECRATION OF AN EPISCOPAL CHAPEL, AT ANNAN.
On Wednesday last, the Episcopal Chapel, at Annan was solemnly consecrated as a place of divine worship, by the Right Rev. Dr. RUSSELL, the bishop of Glasgow. The ceremony was in the highest degree interesting, and we were glad to see that a number of the clergymen of the Church of England from this neighbourhood were present to assist their Scottish brethren on the occasion. The history of the erection of this chapel is so full of interest, and so strikingly illustrative of the certain, although unpretending, progress of the Episcopalian Church in Scotland, that we have no hesitation in laying the details before our readers.
About three years ago, the Rev. J. IRVING came to reside for a short time at his seat, Bonshaw, near Annan, and, finding that there was no regular service for the scattered Episcopalians of the district, he collected them on the Sabbath in a private room provided for the occasion in the Borough, and performed divine service there gratuitously for more than a year. He was then about leaving to go abroad, but before he did so, he suggested to some of the principal families who had attended his ministrations, that it was most desirable that an Episcopal Chapel, suited to the congregation, should be built; and that, in the meantime, a clergyman should be engaged as his substitute, that the service might not be interrupted at his departure. The suggestion met with the cordial approval of the wealthier Episcopalians in the neighbourhood; a clergyman was appointed, and a subscription to carry the plan into effect was immediately set on foot.
The principal contributors were, the Rev. J. IRVING; the Duke of Buccleuch; the Earl of Mansfield; the Marquis of Queensberry; and D. A. CARRUTHERS, Esq., of Warmandbie. The latter gentleman, in addition to a very liberal donation, also gave unremitting personal exertions in promotion of the undertaking, during the whole of it's progress. The work was also aided by a grant of £50 from the Society of Promoting Christian Knowledge. A sketch of the proposed edifice was supplied by Mr. FERRIE, of London; and the plans and specification for the building, warming, &c., were prepared by Mr. CHRISTOPHER HODGSON, architect, of Carlisle, who has completed the work in a manner that has afforded entire satisfaction to the subscribers.
At the altar we noticed a chair for the minister, elegantly wrought in worsted work, by Miss ELIZA CARRUTHERS, of Northfield -- and we understand another to match is in course of preparation. The altar table was covered with a handsome crimson cloth, upon which some beautiful and appropriate embroidery had been worked, by Mrs. ABRAHAMS, of Somersetshire.
The ceremony of consecration, and divine service, were performed by the Bishop of Glasgow, assisted by the Rev. Mr. M'FARQUHAR, of Dumfries, and the Rev. J. WALLAS, the minister of the chapel; and in the Chancel we noticed the following clergymen in their surplices, viz.: -- The Rev. J. HEYSHAM, of Sebergham; the Rev. T. WILKINSON, of Stanwix; the Rev. E. SALKELD, of Aspatria; the Rev. J. THWAYTES, of Carlisle; the Rev. G. TOPPING, of Rockliff; the Rev. --- ROBINSON; the Rev. J. BROWN, of Bowness; the Rev. -- GOUGH, of Carlisle; the Rev. J. KITTON, of Houghton; and the Rev. J. WARD, of Carlisle.
Amongst the congregation we noticed, the Marquis and Marchioness of Queensberry; the Ladies DOUGLAS; Lord and Lady DRUMLANRIGG; General SHARPE; A. CARRUTHERS, Esq., of Warmanbie, and family; the Misses CARRUTHERS, of Northfield; -- DEARHAM, Esq.; J. SALKELD, Esq., of Holme Hill, &c., &c.
After the ceremony, the Bishop of Glasgow expressed in warm terms his sense of the kindness of the clergymen of the English border who were present, for their attendance -- a civility, which he said he had before experienced from the clergy of Durham, at Kelso, on a similar occasion.
The Bishop of Glasgow and the clergy, with the principal members of the congregation, including the Marquis of Queensberry and his family, Lord DRUMLANRIGG and his lady, &c., then proceeded to Northfield, the residence of the Misses CARRUTHERS, where they were liberally entertained with a cordial courtesy that will not soon be forgotten by those who were present. The company were in number about forty.
It is a gratifying fact, and well worthy of public notice, that several Episcopal Chapels have arisen of late years in different parts of Scotland; and to the single diocese of Glasgow not fewer than seven have been added within these last six years -- a fact which sufficiently proves the existence of a growing desire, in this part of the kingdom also, for "Evangelical truth and Apostolical order."