Patrick Cumming, Min. of Old Kirk (1695 - 1776)

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Patrick Cumin [Cuming], born 1695, eldest son of Robert C. of Relugas ; M.A. (Edinburgh, 4th May 1716) ; chaplain to Lord Justice-Clerk Grange ; licen. by Presb. of Dalkeith 5th Jan., and ord. to Kirkmahoe 18th Aug. 1720 ; trans, to Lochmaben 30th March 1725; called 18th Nov. 1731; trans, and adm. 20th Jan. 1732 ; Professor of Church History, Edinburgh Univ., 1737-62 ; Moderator of Assembly 11th May 1749; D.D. (Edinburgh 1752); a second time Moderator 14th May 1752 ; a third time, 20th May 1756; died 1st April 1776. He marr. 7th Dec. 1732, Jean (died 23rd Nov. 1769), eldest daugh. of David Lauder of Huntlywood, advocate, youngest son of Lord Fountainhall and Margaret Maxwell of Pollok, and had issue —

  • Robert, Professor of Church History, Edinburgh Univ., 1762-88 ;
  • John, born 30th Nov. 1738 ;
  • Patrick, Professor of Oriental Languages, Glasgow Univ., 1761-1814, born 11th Oct. 1741, died 27th Oct. 1820 ;
  • George, of Relugas, W.S., born 31st March 1746, died 2nd Oct. 1804 ;
  • Thomas, surgeon, born 20th Nov. 1749, died in India 1776 ;
  • Jean, born 3rd March 1753, died 1775.

He was much consulted in regard to Patronage by Archibald, Duke of Argyll. For some years before Principal Robertson rose to eminence in the General Assembly he was leader of the Moderate party.

SOURCE: Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation, Vol. I, page 76

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