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A Distinguished Cleric

It is probable that the Rev. Dr M'Gregor, of St. Cuthbert's, Edinburgh, one of the Presbyterian Church delegates to Australia, will deliver a lecture in Dunedin in a few days. The following particulars regarding the rev. gentleman are taken from an Auckland paper :—" Dr M'Gregor is a divine of some fifty-five years of age, slightly under medium Btiture and build, but with features strongly marked by determination, energy, and intellectual force. He is withal genial, a»d an excellent conversationalist. Dr M'Gregor is a widower and childless, having had the misfortune to lose his estimable partner in life, and surviving the whole of his children. He was born in the villag9 of Scone, was educated at the University of St. Andrew's, and was ordained at the age of twenty-three as minister of the High Church of Paisley. From thence he entered the charge of Monimail, in the County of Fife. He went from that charge to the Tron Church, Glasgow, and subsequently to the Tron Church, Edinburgh, thus enjoying the distinction of having occupied the only two churches bearing that name. Thence he went to his present charge of St. Cuthbert's, the old mother Church o* Edinburgh, known in ancient times as ' St Cuthbert's under the rock.' The present structure is about 130 years old. It is believed that divine worship has been continued conscientiously on this sacred spot longer than in any other part of Scotland—in all probability for at least 1,000 years. During the past year Dr M'Gregor has raised about for the purpose of restoring the old structure, and making it somewhat worthy of the site, which on all hands is regarded as the finest site in one of the finest cities in the world. It may be stated that St. Cuthbert's contains 3,000 persons in actual communion—the largest single church membership in Scotland. Dr M'Gregor is chaplain to the Royal Scottish Academy, and one of Her Majesty's chaplains for Scotland."

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A Distinguished Cleric, Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889

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A Distinguished Cleric Evening Star, Issue 7943, 26 June 1889