Published in St Stephens Presbyterian Magazine – March 1917














Anna Jane Niven (Kissock) Candlish - (1828-1917)


It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of our oldest member, Mrs Candlish. She past away on Thursday, the 8th ult. She was born in Kirkcudbright on August 18th 1828, and was thus in her 89th year. For some considerable time she had been far from strong and required great attention, but never was ‘Mother’ more devotedly cared for and tenderly nursed than she.


During the early period of the present ministry she was often in Church, and up until a few years ago always at the morning Communions. To her it was a great deprivation to be absent from the Lord’s table, and so long as she was able, her place was never vacant. She was in many ways a perfect type of the former Free Church Presbyterian. She loved her place of worship with a great love, and never failed to contribute to its support. When she handed her certificate of membership to the Rev. James Kerr M.A., the first Minister of our Church in 1872, she enquired at once about the Sustenation Fund. This enquiry led to it’s organisation in St Stephens, and she had the honour of being the first subscriber. For the second Minister of the Church, the Rev. James Rutherford M.A. now known as the Bishop of Kirkwall, she had an unbounded admiration, and had many stories to tell of his work and worth.


Mrs Candlish was exceptional in many ways. She belonged to one of the best families in the South of Scotland, and had good reason to be proud of her ancestry. Her penmanship was the surprise of all who were privileged to receive her letters, and each of them was in many ways a literary production.


About five years ago she suffered the bereavement of one daughter and only 18 months ago of another, and now they are forever united in the Home above. Her daughter in Gibraltar – Mrs Martin – keeps in touch with the church by the annual gift of flowers, and Mrs Ferguson, of Denver, who was the first secretary to the flower mission follows the same beautiful custom. The latter who left us some ten years ago is well remembered still by her many friends. One daughter, Miss Agnes, still remains in Leicester. She had the satisfaction of having been with mother to the last. To these dear friends we extend our deepest sympathy.