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GREAT SCOTS IN BROOKS COUNTY

A History of the First Presbyterian Church
Quitman, Georgia

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On a mild winter day in January 1736, Scottish immigrants from Inverness, Scotland, organized the first Georgia Presbyterian church at Darien, Georgia. Their pastor spoke only Gaelic, and his listeners loved it.

The Highlanders had been encouraged by the British to build homes on the southern boundary of the new colony, the better to serve as a buffer against invasion from the Spanish. The same encouragement was given to another group of Scots to settle in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and become the Capital’s first line of defense against an uprising from hostile natives to the west. The Scots understood their role and were more than up to the task.

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