Farr (1729)

Andrew Robertson settled into the parish of Farr in Sutherland in 1728. The population of this extensive district was over 3000 and Robertson's work was an arduous one. But his heart was in the work; he laboured in season and out, and there arose a general awakening of souls through the parish, especially along the 30 mile Strathnaver Valley. The Presbytery of Tongue could report in 1729 that there were as many as 200 people in Farr who could repeat the whole catechism, with 140 others pretty far advanced. The people were devastated when their minister was later translated to Kiltearn, Ross-shire, especially when a man 'not of the same spirit' became his successor. Some from Farr later travelled to Ross-shire to attend communion, at which Robertson was assisting. One of the Farr men started sobbing aloud. When entreated to be silent by others in the crowd, he replied 'how can I be silent, when I see the precious food that is rightfully mine richly dispensed to others, whilst my own soul is starving at home'

The Strath was again blessed during the 1745 rebellion, when John Porteous of Kilmuir, being threatened by rebels, took refuge in its glens. He lived there for months, preaching the gospel as few could preach it, and during that short period his labours were manifestly blessed in turning sinners to God.

From, 'Land of Many Revivals' by Tom Lennie, page 94-95, published by Christian Focus 2015.

Additional Information

The church was situated at the foot of the Strath.