History of St James’s


St James the Great, Dollar.

An Episcopal congregation began worshipping in Dollar in April 1863. At first, services, taken by the Reverend A.W. Hallam, Rector of St John’s, Alloa, were held in Tait House, Dollar Academy, but in November 1863, thanks to the kindness of the Deacons’ Court of the Free Church (later the West Church, now converted into houses) the congregation was able to use the Free Church on Sunday afternoons. Early in 1864, part of the newly-built Atheneum (latterly the Strathallan Hotel, now converted into flats) was offered for the congregation’s use, and they worshipped there until 1882. Land for the church was given by Sir James Orr of Harviestoun and the building was designed by Alloa architect Thomas Frame and Son. Work began in the autumn of 1879 but was halted on 28th December that year, the night of the Tay Bridge Disaster, when the storm caused the main gable to collapse. Because of financial constraints, building did not resume until 1881 and was completed by July 9th 1882, when the church was consecrated; the vestry was added in 1934 and the porch, designed by local architect Colin Campbell, in 1957.


Rectors of St James

Alexander TroupAlexander Troup
St James’s First Rector.
Henry MaskellHenry Maskew
 Henry Maskew oversaw the building of the current church.
William GwytherWilliam Gwyther
William LewisWilliam Lewis
John Wood-SmithJohn Wood-Smith
Hay SutcliffeHay Sutcliffe
John Leslie StretchJohn L. Stretch
Patrick BrounPatrick Broun
John Leslie StretchJohn L. Stretch
John Stretch served twice as Rector of St James
Michael PaternosterMichael C. Paternoster
Henry Cecil CrooksHenry C. Crooks
 Henry Crooks was Rector of St Paul’s, Kinross and Priest-in-Charge of St James the Great, Dollar. He lived in Kinross, and left the day-to-day ministry in Dollar, to his long-term Curate, Bill Glazebrook
William Leng GlazebrookWilliam L. Glazebrook
Bill Glazebrook served as a permanent self-supporting Curate under Henry Crooks’s supervision. He lived in the Rectory and in essence acted as Curate-in-Charge.
No photo availableJohn Shone
 Like Henry Crooks, John Shone was primarily Rector elsewhere, in his case, St Saviour’s Bridge of Allan. The routine ministry was done by Bill Glazebrook and then Hugo Petszch
No photo availableHugo M.D. Petszch
Hugo Petszch also served as an Assistant Curate under John Shone, with special responsibility for Dollar. He later served as Chaplain to Glenalmond College.
Gregor MacGregorGregor MacGregor
Gregor MacGregor went on to serve as Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness. You can find out more about him from his Wikipedia entry.
Charles SherlockCharles P. Sherlock
Gottfried GrunewaldGottfried J. Grunewald
Jeremy AuldJeremy R. Auld
Jeremy Auld went on to serve as Provost of Brechin Cathedral
Andrew R. Frearson
Christopher Lowdon

Other Clergy of Dollar

Duncan Finlayson
Duncan Finlayson was a long-term self-supporting minister
Fianach A.M. Lawry
Fianach Lawry was also an enduring self-supporting minister until her death in 2013.
Hector I. Soga
Hector Soga was another longstanding self-supporting minister. He continues to be the church organist.
Roger E. Carman
Roger Carmen served as a self-supporting Curate until his death in 2006