Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland
This originated in a group in thewhich objected to the Declaratory Act of 1892. The act stated that the Free Church disclaimed intolerant or persecuting principles and did not consider her office-bearers, in signing the of Faith, committed to any principles inconsistent with liberty of conscience and the right of private judgment. This Scottish secession is unique in that it turned primarily on a doctrinal issue and not on relationships between church and state. The post-1900 Free Church repealed the Declaratory Act, but in such a way that the Free Presbyterians have felt constrained to continue a separate witness, although the two churches are similar in most other respects. Their numerical strength is officially estimated at 10,000 members and adherents.