PRESBYTERY OF KIRKCUDBRIGHT p. 718
of his intellect, while his memory was one of the most quick, retentive, and capacious character. At one period of his life he paid considerable attention to agricultural improvement. His sermons were composed in a strain of uniform good sense, and occasionally of masculine eloquence, abounding with plain and apt illustrations, while they were strongly tinged with the phraseology of the Bible, and thoroughly pervaded by the spirit of Christianity." He marr. 6th June 1826 Helen, fourth daugh. of Mr John Chalmers, merchant, Anstruther; she died 2d Jan. 1854, in her 68th year, without issue.-Publication-The Veto Act as vindicated in the General Assembly of 1834, Edin. 1840, 8vo.-[Presb., and Syn. Reg., Williamson's Fun. Serm]
Previous to the Reformation the church belonged to the Priory of Whithorn. The parish was supplied by CUTHBERT DUN, reader, from 1567 to 1574, MICHAEL HENDERSON from 1574 to 1582, when he died, and JOHN MARTINE, son to John M., in Airdis, from 8th March 1582 to 1591; and was united to Kelton and Kirkcormack by the Commissioners of Parliament for Teinds 20th June 1618.
1597. JOHN BONAR, A.M., trans. from Girthon, Keltoun being also under his care.-[Reg. Assig.]
The church was dedicated to St. Cormac, and previous to the Reformation belonged to the Abbey of Holyrood. It was supplied by MICHAEL DUN, exhorter and vicar, in 1567, and ROBERT FORRESTER, reader, from 3d April 1573 to 1590; and was probably united to Kelton before 20th June 1618.
1599. JAMES DONALDSOUN, A.M., trans. from Kirkmabreck, having Gelstoun and Keltoun also under his care; trans. to Dundrennan about 1601.-[Reg. Assig.]
1614. ARCHIBALD M'CLELLANE, the two former parishes being also under his care; he removed to Keltoun in 1615.-[Reg. Assig.]
Was supplied by JAMES CARRUDERS, exhorter in 1570, Mr NINIAN M'CLENOQUHAN, reader, from 1574 to 1576, and ADAM HOUP from 1578 to 1585.
1594. ROBERT GLENDONYNG, A.M., son to the gudeman of Drumrasche, was laureated at the Univ. of Glasgow in 1584. After travelling abroad, he returned in a dress of scarlet and gold lace, when he was accosted by Welsh, then min. of Kirkcudbright, telling him it behoved him to change his garb and manner of life, and take to the study of the Scriptures, as he should Succeed him in his spiritual calling. In 1599 Balmaghie and Crossmichael were also in the