Finlayson, James, Dd
Finlayson, James, D.D.
a Scotch clergyman, professor of logic in the Edinburgh University, which office he held in conjunction with his benefice, was formerly tutor in the family of Sir William Murray; presented to the living at Borthwick, August 30, 1786, and ordained April 6, 1787; transferred to Lady Yester's Chapel of Ease, Edinburgh, June 8, 1790; promoted to Old Greyfriars Church in that city, December 25, 1793; transferred to the High Church, February 27. 1799; unanimously elected moderator of the General Assembly, May 20, 1802; appointed almoner to the king the same year, but resigned the office soon afterwards, and died January 28, 1808, in his fiftieth year. His life exhibited an example of self-prompted merit, unblemished purity, and elevated virtue; while to his generous aid not a few were indebted for their promotion in life. He was deeply interested in the welfare of the Church, and skilled in the management of her affairs. He published, Argument in Support of Chapels of Ease (fol. 1798): — Preaching, a Means of Promoting the General Progress of Human Improvement (Edinburgh; 1801): — Sermons (ibid. 1809, 8vo): — Life of Dr. Blair, with Blair's Sermons, volume 5. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:24, 44, 63, 64, 268.