The members of North Bute Literary Society were greatly entertained by Allan Martin’s vivid re-telling of the story of the 1878 visit to Rothesay by the famous Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892).
Allan gave a few biographical details of the Reverend Spurgeon who was renowned for his exceptionally clear speaking voice which could be heard by very large crowds, indeed his own church, the Metropole Tabernacle in London, could seat 6,000.
Mr Spurgeon was a hugely energetic man and his preaching was both challenging and inspiring. His health was not good due to overwork and smoking, and during the 1870s he spent recuperative holidays with James Duncan of Benmore House.
Allan described Rothesay in the summer of 1878, how it was a health and a holiday resort, had a large ferry transport network and a population of about 8,500.
* Read the full report in next week’s Buteman - on sale on Thursday, January 16.