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David Dickson of Busby

Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
Place of Burial: Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Immediate Family:

Son of John Dickson of Busby and Janet Dickson
Husband of Margaret Roberton
Father of John Dickson of Busby; Alexander Dickson; Robert Dickson, senior; Archibald Dickson of Tourlands and David Dickson
Half brother of David Dickson

Occupation: Minister, Professor, Church Divine, Presbyterian minister
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Biographical Summary

Reverend David Dickson of Busby 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 Busby 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, Vol. VIII, page 11

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David Dickson of Busby'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, City of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom