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Reverend Mr. David Dickson of Busbie

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: December 28, 1662 (79)
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Place of Burial: Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of John Dickson of Busbie and Janet Rankin
Husband of Margaret Roberton
Father of John Dickson of Busbie; Reverend Mr. Alexander Dickson of Wester Bynnie; Senior Robert Dixon, senior; Archibald Dickson of Tourlands and David Dickson

Occupation: Minister, Professor, Church Divine, Presbyterian minister
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About Reverend Mr. David Dickson of Busbie


Reverend Mr. David Dickson of Busbie is the son of John Dickson, merchant, burgess and guild brother of Glasgow. He was enrolled as a burgess and guild brother of Glasgow on 6 November 1635. Burgesses and Guild Brethren of Glasgow, 1573-1750, p. 92

Evidence from the National Records of Scotland


3 June 1614: Decreet of transuming of entry, dated 2 June 1598 in protocol book of Henry Gibson (Gibsoun), court clerk of Glasgow, recording sasine in favour of James Crawford of Minnock and Elyta Turnbull (Turnbule), his spouse, of annualrent of £40 scots from tenement in city of Glasgow on west side of public way leading from market cross to the south gate, following on contract with James Rankin (Rankein) in Balmilbyear and Margaret Stark, his spouse, decreet being at instance of Mr David Dickson (Dicksoun), son and apparent heir of John Dickson, merchant burgess of Glasgow against James Crawford of Meikle (Mekill) Govan (Govane). National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Henderson Family of Fordell, reference GD172/141


29 November 1632: Brieve of inquest of David Dickson, minister of Irvine, as heir of deceased John Dickson of Busbie, his father. National Records of Scotland, Papers of the Henderson Family of Fordell, reference GD172/2481

Genealogical Accounts

  1. Analecta Scotica, pp. 56-59
  2. The Harvey Book, giving the genealogies of certain branches of the American families of Harvey, Nesbitt, Dixon and Jameson

Biographical Summary

Reverend David Dickson of Busbie was born in Glasgow in 1583, the son of John Dickson, 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

Reverend Robert Dickson of Busbie was Moderator of the Church of Scotland in 1639 not 1640. His sons David and Archibald matriculated at Glasgow University in 1647

SOURCE: Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae: the succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation, iii, p. 11

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Reverend Mr. David Dickson of Busbie's Timeline

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Age 37
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 45
Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Age 47
Irvine, Aryshire, Scotland
December 28, 1662
Age 79
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
December 31, 1662
Age 79
Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland