(16801754). B. Berwickshire, Scot.; educ. Edinburgh; ordained by Kirkcaldy presbytery 1703; minister Portmoak 170331; refused to take Oath of Abjuration (see Abjuration, 2); minister Sterling and moderator Sterling and Perth 1731; opposed 1732 Patronage Act of Assem. (see Presbyterian Churches, 1), which ignored rights of laity in elections to vacant chs.; suspended from ministry by Gen. Assem. 1733; with William Wilson of Perth, Alexander Moncrieff of Abernethy, and James Fisher of Kinclaven formed an Associate Presbytery 1733; formally deposed from the est. ch. and formed Secession Ch. 1740. See also Associate Reformed Church; Scotland, Reformation in, 1.
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