Reverend David Dickson (1583 - 1662)

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Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Occupation: Minister, Professor, Church Divine, Presbyterian minister
Managed by: Deborah Ann Ancona
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About Reverend David Dickson

Biographical Summary

David Dickson of Busby, born Glasgow 1583, son of John D., a wealthy merchant of the Trongate, was at first intended for the mercantile profession, but afterwards studied for the Church. After becoming M.A. of Glasgow, he was appointed Regent of Philosophy in the University, and on 31st March 1618 was ordained minister of Irvine. He declared against the Perth Articles, and was summoned before the Court of High Commission. Declining its authority, he was deprived. In 1622 he was allowed to return to his parish, but in 1637, having given shelter to Robert Blair and John Livingston, driven from their charges in Ireland by the interference of the bishops there, he was again cited before the High Commission Court. He took an active part in the Glasgow Assembly of 1638, and in 1639 acted as chaplain to an Ayrshire regiment commanded by the Earl of Loudoun. He was Moderator of Assembly in 1640, and appointed to the Professorship of Divinity in Glasgow University. In 1650 he was transferred to the Chair of Divinity at Edinburgh. He was appointed to this charge by the Town Council 12th April 1650, and adm. shortly after ; a second time Moderator of Assembly 21st July 1652. In Oct. 1662 he was deprived, and by the end of the year he was dead (buried 31st Dec). He was a popular preacher, and highly instrumental in promoting the notable revival at Stewarton about 1625. Nor was he less zealous and useful in the overthrow of Episcopacy, having taken a prominent part in the business of the Assembly at Glasgow. When the Church unhappily divided into Resolutioners and Protesters, he became a leader in the party of the former. He marr. 23rd Sept. 1617, Margaret, daugh. of Archibald Roberton of Stonehall, and had issue —

  • John, clerk to the Exchequer (who predeceased him) ;
  • James (G. R. Sas., xxxviii., 241) ;
  • David (who also predeceased him) ;
  • Alexander, min. of Newbattle, Professor of Hebrew in the Univ. of Edinburgh.

SOURCE: Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae: the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation, Vol. I, page 64

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Reverend David Dickson's Timeline

1583
1583
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
1617
September 23, 1617
Age 34
Glasgow, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom
1618
1618
- 1641
Age 35
Scotland
1620
1620
Age 37
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
1628
1628
Age 45
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
1630
1630
Age 47
Irvine, Aryshire, Scotland
1640
1640
Age 57
University of Glasgow

He was elected to the divinity chair in the university, in which his 'Truth's Victory over Error,' was originally delivered by him in Latin to his students, and afterwards translated into English and published, with his name, at Glasgow in 1725.

1662
December 28, 1662
Age 79
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
December 31, 1662
Age 79
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