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Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, and his contribution to the Free Church of Scotland

Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, and his contribution to the Free Church of Scotland Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, and his contribution to the Free Church of Scotland LIONEL ALEXANDER RITCHIE, M.A. The year 1847 was one of loss for the Free Church of Scotland. The sudden death in May of its founding father, Thomas Chalmers, came at a crucial time in its efforts to establish itself. In September, the advocate John Hamilton died. A pamphleteer and influential adviser, Hamilton ranked alongside Alexander Dunlop and Graham Speirs as the most prominent of the Free Church's laymen. November saw the death of Alexander Stewart of Cromarty. A gifted preacher, Stewart might have risen to a position of greater prominence in the church, but for his retiring nature. In spite of this, he still managed to establish a considerable reputation without ever leaving the parish to which he was ordained in 1824. As the year drew towards a close, another blow fell. On Christmas Eve, and at the age of only fifty, Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, finally succumbed to illness at his home, Granton House. The cause of death was given as "a malignant form of typhus" but the fatal sequence of events was triggered by a bout of influenza in November, from which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Scottish Church History Edinburgh University Press

Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, and his contribution to the Free Church of Scotland

Scottish Church History , Volume 39 (1): 11 – Jun 1, 2009

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Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, and his contribution to the Free Church of Scotland LIONEL ALEXANDER RITCHIE, M.A. The year 1847 was one of loss for the Free Church of Scotland. The sudden death in May of its founding father, Thomas Chalmers, came at a crucial time in its efforts to establish itself. In September, the advocate John Hamilton died. A pamphleteer and influential adviser, Hamilton ranked alongside Alexander Dunlop and Graham Speirs as the most prominent of the Free Church's laymen. November saw the death of Alexander Stewart of Cromarty. A gifted preacher, Stewart might have risen to a position of greater prominence in the church, but for his retiring nature. In spite of this, he still managed to establish a considerable reputation without ever leaving the parish to which he was ordained in 1824. As the year drew towards a close, another blow fell. On Christmas Eve, and at the age of only fifty, Graham Speirs, Sheriff of Midlothian, finally succumbed to illness at his home, Granton House. The cause of death was given as "a malignant form of typhus" but the fatal sequence of events was triggered by a bout of influenza in November, from which

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Published: Jun 1, 2009

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