These are the records from the 1841-1901 censuses of the ‘mainland’ Ministers:
John Maciver, 35, Parish Minister, Scarista, b. Inverness
John Mackay, 28, Church Beadle, Scarista, b. Harris
John Norman Macdonald, 32, Minister of Harris Parish, Glebe, b. South West Inverness
Charles Maclean, 40, Minister of Established Church, Manse, Harris, b. Tiree, Argyll
(Rev Donald McLean, 36, Minister of Trumisgarry, North Uist, b. Tiree)
Donald McLean, 45, Minister of Harris Parish, Glebe, South Harris, b. Tiree, Argyll
Donald McLean, 54, Minister of Harris Parish, Hamlets Glebe, South Harris, b. Tiree, Argyll
Donald McLean, 61, Minister of Harris Parish, Glebe, South Harris, b. Tiree, Argyll
(John Kerr, 36, Assistant Minister (Dalavich), Divine Cottage, Dalavich, Argyll, b. Harris)
These four Ministers (or five if we include John Kerr, Finlay J Macdonald’s ‘Ayatollah’) were based at the Manse/Glebe overlooking the sea at Scarista. They maintained a presence in the Parish despite the overwhelming mass of the population having joined the Free Church in 1843.
Sadly, for the one year that we have a ‘Church Beadle’ recorded, we do not have the name of the Minister to whom he administered his services.
Anyone seeking further information is probably best advised to look at the helpful information on the Church of Scotland site: http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/contact/contactarchives.htm