Born in the Isle of Mull Scotland June 12 1774. His father was a distinguished minister of the Church of Scotland. He came to America by way of Liverpool England in the spring of 1792. Soon after his arrival in New York he moved up the Hudson to Albany then to Schenectady New York. At the establishment of Union College he became a student and graduated with honour in 1798. He joined the Covenanter Church in Princetown New York under the eminent James McKinney. He studied theology under his direction and was licensed by the Reformed Presbytery at Coldenham New York June 24 1799. In the fall of 1800 he was called to the pastorate of Coldenham and New York but he declined because there were slave-holders among those who signed the call. The matter was brought before Presbytery which court enacted without a dissenting voice that "no slave-holder should be allowed the communion of the Church." During 1830 he travelled to Europe for his health and returned much improved. Whilst absent he was elected Professor of Theology which position he occupied until his death. He died at his New York residence February 17 1833.
~biographical information from www.covenanter.org
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