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History of the Congregations of the United Presbyter Ian Church 1733-1900 Volume 2

History of the Congregations of the United Presbyter Ian Church 1733-1900 Volume 2

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HISTORY OF THE CONGREGATIONSOF THEUNITED PRESBYTERIANCHURCHFROM 1733 TO 1900REV. ROBERT SMALL, D.D., EDINBURGHIN TWO VOLUMESVOLUME 1EDINBURGHDAVID M. SMALL, :5 HOWARD STREET1904THE RIVERSIDE PRESS LIMITED, EDINBURGH.PREFACETHE second volume, though too long deferred, is less complete than I couldhave wished. First, it was intended that a list of all the Moderators in thevarious Synods from 1745 to 1 9 should appear in the Appendix, but up to1820, owing to the smallness of the three Synods, the occupancy of the Chairwent for little, and since 1847 the names have been given in faithful arrayin the Clerical Almanac, so that it was thought this addition might befitly dispensed with. Hence some who attained to this dignity among ushave the fact passed over, though with most of them it is incidentallymentioned. Second, I would have much inclined to annotate and correctthe list of students given at the close of Dr M Kelvie s Annals, especiallythat part which includes the Antiburgher section. Though both DrM Kelvie and Dr George Brown profess to give the names of the studentswho entered the Antiburgher Hall each session, they can have had no
 
authentic documents to draw from, and must have ever and again madeentries and determined dates by conjecture. We have means for supplementing their defects, but, unfortunately, time is wanting, and also abilityto prosecute the needed inquiries.The reception which the first volume has met with is more encouragingthan I had ventured to hope for. Interest, of course, has been confined verymuch to the United Free Church and, as was to be expected, to the UnitedPresbyterian section thereof. After two rivers have peacefully coalesced theymay show for a time by the colour of their waters that they had flowedin separate channels. The bitterest complaint I have met with hasbeen the reverse of what was looked for. I have been blamed for concealment of facts one example being that I wound up a minister s course bybimply stating that he was loosed from his charge ; whereas I ought to havetold that the root evil was drink. There are cases in which more may beread between the lines than is expressed, and balancing between thefeelings of relatives and the claims of truth is like attempting to splitthe apple under the terror of wounding the child.Looking back over the completed work I see many omissions whichcannot now be supplied, e.g. books ignored, owing to the author s limitedreading, or because they did not come within the current of his narrative.Minor inaccuracies are certain to be discovered. It is as when a wayfaringman, having passed through a locality, describes it to a general audience,among whom one or two are natives of the place and familiar with its everynook and crevice.Great are my obligations to Mr William Crawford for the invaluableservice he has done me in my disabled condition. But for him and membersof my own family the present volume must have been either held backindefinitely or given to the press in an unrevised and unfinished state.Thanks are also due to those brethren who have favoured me with communications of which readers will get the benefit in the list of correctionsand additions. R. S.46 COMISTON DRIVE,EDINBURGH, December 1904.CONTENTSPRESBYTERIESPACKGALLOWAY ......... iGLASGOW ......... 22EASTERN DIVISION . . . . . . .123SOUTHERN DIVISION ... ... 135NORTHERN DIVISION ... ... 150WEST HIGHLAND CHURCHES . . . . . 161GREENOCK ...... . 168
 
HAMILTON . . . . . . . . .211KELSO .......... 246KlLMARNOCK AND AYR .... . . 277SOUTHERN DIVISION ....... 323KlRKCALDY ......... 352LANARK ......... 403MELROSE ......... 428ORKNEY ......... 475PAISLEY . . . . . . . . .510PERTH ....... . 544EASTERN DIVISION ....... 565SOUTHERN DIVISION ....... 583WESTERN DIVISION ....... 606NORTHERN DIVISION ....... 636SHETLAND ......... 653STIRLING ......... 663APPENDIXTHE CHURCH CASE IN THE LIGHT OF SECESSION AND RELIEF HISTORY 718INDEXI. CONGREGATIONS ........ 725II- MINISTERS AND OTHERS. ...... 728CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONS ...... 743History of the Congregations of theUnited Presbyterian ChurchPRESBYTERY OF GALLOWAYWIGTOWN (ANTIBURGHER)THE first distinct mention of Wigtown congregation in early Secessionrecords is at the Antiburgher Synod in February 1750. They had given aunanimous call to Mr John Tennant, whom they wished recalled fromIreland to be ordained over them. It was decided, however, to continue himthere till next meeting, and by that time he had calls from several congregations in Ireland. The result was that in August 1750 Wigtown people hadto surrender Mr Tennant to more pressing claims, and next year he was

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