Monday, May 27, 2019

Rutherford's correspondents - 8. George Gillespie

Gillespie's father was John, minister in Kirkcaldy. George, born 1618, studied at St Andrews University, He became chaplain to John, Viscount Kenmure; to John, Earl of Cassilis, and tutor to his son, James, Lord Kennedy. He was ordained to Wemyss on 26th April 1638. He had calls to Aberdeen and St Andrews. He was translated to Greyfriars, Edinburgh, 23rd Sept. 1642. 
He was a member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, 1643, and though the youngest member, by his learning, zeal, and sound judgment, gave essential assistance in the preparation of the Directory and Confession of Faith. He distinguished himself with an extempore refutation of the Erastian, Selden. He took final leave of Westminster 10th July 1647, and presented the Confession of Faith to the General Assembly on 4th August, obtaining its ratification. He was elected Moderator of Assembly 12th July 1648. He died of tuberculosis at Kirkcaldy 16th December 1648.

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