Rev John Carstairs, Min. of St Mungo, Glasgow

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Rev John Carstairs, Min. of St Mungo, Glasgow

Death: Died
Cause of death: Gout of the heart
Immediate Family:

Son of James Carstairs and Elizabeth Carstairs
Husband of Janet Mure
Father of Rev William Carstairs; Sarah Carstairs; Alexander Carstairs; Robert Carstairs; Jean Carstairs and 2 others
Brother of Catherine Carstairs

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About Rev John Carstairs, Min. of St Mungo, Glasgow

From Monuments and monumental inscriptions in Scotland (Volume 2) by Charles Rogers (online at -

This eminent person was eldest son of James Carstairs, merchant and magistrate in St. Andrews, and was descended from the old family of Carstairs, of Newgrange, Fifeshire. Having obtained licence, he was ordained minister of Cathcart in June 1647. While attending the army at the Battle of Dunbar, in September 1650, he was severely wounded, stripped and left among the dead. He became minister of the Cathedral Church, Glasgow, in 1655. He was a witness, in 1664, to a declaration by his dying brother-in-law, James Wood, that "Presbyterian government was the ordinance of God". For this he was summoned before the court of High Commission and he retired to Ireland, later seeking refuge in Holland. He was subsequently permitted to reside in Edinburgh, where he suffered from protracted sickness. He attended the Earl of Argyll before his execution in June, 1685, and was invited to administer death-bed consolation to the Lord Chancellor Eothes. He died on the 5th February, 1686, in his sixty-fourth year, and thirty-ninth of his ministry. His eldest son, William, was the distinguished principal. His father, Bailie James Carstairs, died at St. Andrews, 29th September, 1671.

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EDUCATION: St. Andrews University; Master of Arts, 1641.

CHURCH: Licensed by Presbytery of St. Andrews, 1646.
CHURCH: Ordained to Cathcart, 1647.
CHURCH: Translated to Outer High Charge, 1650.
CONDITION: Present at the Battle of Dunbar in 16512, where he was wounded, stripped naked, and left for dead.
CHURCH: Minister of St. Mungo's or High Church, Collegiate Charge, 1655.
CHURCH: Had the West Quarter for his charge, 1659.
CHURCH: Had the East, 1660-1662.
CHURCH: Approached to become minister of the Scots Church, Rotterdam, 1677, but did not accept.

PUNISHMENT: deprived and imprisoned by the Privy Council for not taking the Oath of Allegiance, 1662.

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