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Act 17, 1847 (XVII) – Declaratory Act anent the Constitution of Presbyteries and their Representation in the General Assembly. 8th June 1847.

THE General Assembly enact and declare,-

1. That the Presbyteries of this Church consist of all the Pastors of Congregations, Colleagues and Successors being included ; of the Professors of Theology when there are any within their bounds ;’ of such ordained Ministers within their bounds and not having charges, as have already been received in the capacity of members thereof respectively, or may hereafter, by authority of the General Assembly, be so received ; and of a Representative Elder from each Kirk-Session.

2. That Presbyteries return Ministers and Elders in equal numbers, to represent them in the General Assembly.

3. That the proportion of Ministers and Elders returned by each Presbytery is as follows, viz.—Presbyteries, which have not more than six Ministers, return two Ministers and two Elders ; Presbyteries, which have more than six Ministers, and not more than twelve, return three Ministers and three Elders ; Presbyteries, which have more than twelve Ministers, and not more than eighteen, return four Ministers and four Elders ; and so on in the same proportion.

4. That all regularly sanctioned charges, although not supplied with Pastors at the time, count as Ministers in the matter of representation in the General Assembly.