Thomas M'Crie the Younger

Rev Dr Thomas M'Crie (earlier spellings include McCree and Maccrie) DD LLD (7 November 1797–9 May 1875) was a Presbyterian minister and church historian. He was a Scottish Secession minister who joined the Free Church of Scotland[2] and served as the Moderator of the General Assembly to that church 1856/57.

Thomas McCrie
Rev-thomas-mccrie-1797-1875-of-london-united-seces.jpg
photograph of Thomas McCrie by David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson c. 1843-1847
Born(1797-11-07)7 November 1797
Died9 May 1875(1875-05-09) (aged 77)
39 Minto Street, Edinburgh
NationalityScottish
EducationUniversity of Edinburgh
OccupationPastor, Theologian
Years activemid 19th-century
Notable work
The works of Thomas M'Crie, D.D (The Elder)[1]
Spouse(s)Walteria Chalmers
Childrennone
Theological work
Tradition or movement(1) Original Secession Church
(2) Free Church of Scotland
Main interestsEcclesiology, Church History
Thomas McCrie the younger's grave, Greyfriars Kirkyard

LifeEdit

He was born at 5 Buccleuch Street[3] in Edinburgh, on 7 November 1797, the eldest son of Rev Thomas McCrie, by his first wife. He was educated at the High School in Edinburgh then studied divinity at the University of Edinburgh. He then transferred to the Theological Hall, run by the Secessionist Church and was ordained as a minister around 1818. His first position was as minister of the Secessionist Church in Crieff then he moved to Clola in Aberdeenshire.[4]

He succeeded his father as minister of the Davie Street Church Original Secession Church in Edinburgh.

In the 1850s he was living at 58 George Square.[5]

In 1856, a few years after the union of this denomination with the Free Church of Scotland he became the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church for that year, but the same year moved to London to become a Professor at the Presbyterian Church of England's college there.[6]

He retired to Gullane in East Lothian due to failing eyesight, but retained an Edinburgh property.[7]

He died 9 May 1875 at 39 Minto Street, Edinburgh.[8] He is buried with his father in the western extension to Greyfriars Kirkyard but has a separate stone, set high on the Flodden Wall facing his father's monument.

FamilyEdit

He married Walteria Chalmers, a daughter of Rev Robert Chalmers, the secession minister at Haddington, East Lothian, they had no children.[8]

WorksEdit

  • The Life of Thomas McCrie (1840-1855)[9]
  • Sketches of Scottish Church History (1841)
  • The Ancient History of the Waldensian Church (1845)
  • Lectures on Christian Baptism (1847)
  • Memoirs of Sir Andrew Agnew (1850)
  • Thoughts on London with the Free Church of Scotland (1862)
  • Annals of English Presbyterianism from the Earliest Period to the Present Time (1872)

At least one of his writings, The Story of the Scottish Church, is still in print, ISBN 0-902506-25-0.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ M'Crie, Thomas (The Younger) (1855). The works of Thomas M'Crie, D.D (The Elder) (Vol. 1 Life of John Knox ed.). Edinburgh: W. Blackwood. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ Wylie, James Aitken (1881). Disruption worthies : a memorial of 1843, with an historical sketch of the free church of Scotland from 1843 down to the present time. Edinburgh: T. C. Jack. pp. 349–356. Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  3. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1797
  4. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1850
  6. ^ Wylie, James Aitken. Disruption Worthies.
  7. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  8. ^ a b Archbold 1893.
  9. ^ M'Crie, Thomas (The Younger) (1855). The works of Thomas M'Crie, D.D (The Elder) (Vol. 1 Life of John Knox ed.). Edinburgh: W. Blackwood. Retrieved 18 August 2018.

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