• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Kirk-session the lowest court in Presbyterian churches, being the governing body of a particular congregation
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A Northern Eng. form of church.


In literature:

The earl laughed, and said, if he was afraid of the kirk-session, he might go, and another would take his hand.
"Donal Grant" by George MacDonald
Nor did he make light of the kirk-session's power to rebuke and deal with an offender.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
He denied the paternity of the baby, and made oath to that effect before the kirk-session.
"Folk Lore" by James Napier
Private morals were watched by the elders, and offenders were judged in kirk-sessions.
"A Short History of Scotland" by Andrew Lang
Father's gane to kirk session, and Gilian's awa'.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Also, my share in the matter I must tell in the kirk session; and Dominie de Ronde is not one slack in giving the reproof.
"The Bow of Orange Ribbon" by Amelia E. Barr
Mr. Logan was well supported by a zealous kirk-session.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
For any kirk session is far from commonplace, let alone the session of such a church as mine.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles
Kirk-session, or lesser eldership, 158, 232, 233, 308.
"The Scottish Reformation" by Alexander F. Mitchell
Requested by Kirk-Session in 1707 to give up Communion cups and tokens.
"Chronicles of Strathearn" by Various