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The Rev. David Macrae of Oban, and afterwards of Glasgow

David, (son of James, son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), was born on October 14, 1796.  He was educated at Aberdeen University, and graduated M.A. in 1820.  For some time he was a teacher of Mathematics in one of the schools of Aberdeen, where he had as one of his pupils the late Professor John Stuart Blackie of Edinburgh University.  He joined the Presbyterian (Secession) Church in Aberdeen; was trained for the ministry of that denomination, and on March 6, 1827, was ordained minister of the Secession (now [in 1899] United Presbyterian) Church at Lathones, in Fife.  Here he labored for eleven years, when he accepted a call from the congregation of the United Presbyterian Church at Oban, and was inducted there on April 25, 1838.  At Oban Mr. Macrae engaged in many important labors, and the energy and ability with which he set himself to work among the people during the famine which visited the Highlands in 1845-47, had the effect not only of providing for the poor during a time of great trial and destitution, but also of creating habits of industry and independence among them.  The memory of his good works is warmly cherished by the people of that district, and many anecdotes of the earnestness and saintliness of his life may still [in 1899] be heard among them.  Mr. Macrae continued at Oban until 1852, when, at the urgent solicitation of the United Presbyterian Presbytery of Glasgow, he transferred the scene of his labors to that city.  He commenced his work in Main Street, Gorbals, where he built up a large and flourishing church, and labored with much success until 1873, when he moved along with his congregation to a new church in Elgin Street.  The jubilee of his ministry was celebrated in Glasgow amid many signs of respect, gratitude, and devotion by his congregation and numerous friends in April, 1876.  He died on July 19, 1881, and was buried at Craigton, Glasgow.  He had married on April 15, 1828, Margaret, daughter of Gilbert Falconer, of Aberdeen, and sister of Forbes Falconer, the distinguished Orientalist, and Professor of Oriental Languages in King's College, London, and by her (who died on November 29, 1874, aged seventy-four years) had issue as below --

1. James Gilbert (son of David, son of James, son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), born at the Manse of Lathones in 1833; was at Umballa, in India, at the time of the Mutiny.  He married, but without issue, and died in London on September 22, 1886.

2. Jane Falconer, (daughter of David, son of James, son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), born at the Manse of Lathones in 1835.  At a picnic party on the Island of Kerrara, in Argyllshire, on July 30, 1875, she slipped down a steep place, ruptured a blood vessel, and died on the hillside.  A cross was erected to mark the spot where she expired.

3. Rev. David, (son of David, son of James, son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), who is now [in 1899] one of the best known and ablest of the ministers of Scotland, was born at the Manse of Lathones on August 9, 1837, and taken to Oban when he was only seven months old.  Rev. David is discussed on the next page in more detail.

4. Margaret Forbes, (daughter of David, son of James, son of James, son of Duncan, son of Sheriffmuir soldier), born in Oban in 1839, a lady of "rare gifts and far-reaching sympathies."  She was intimately associated in after years with her brother, David, in his work, and died suddenly of heart disease at Maryland House, Glasgow, on October 20, 1881.

 

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