Brown, William Lawrence, Dd (2)
Brown, William Lawrence, D.D.
a Scotch clergyman (son of the professor of divinity and Church history at St. Andrews), was born at Utrecht, where his father was then minister, January 7, 1755. He graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1772; was licensed to preach in 1777, ordained for the English congregation at Utrecht, and appointed professor of moral philosophy at the Utrecht University in 1788. Being threatened by the revolutionary army of France, he fled to England; was elected minister at Greyfriar's Church, Aberdeen, in 1795, and promoted to be principal of Marischal College, which lie held in conjunction; was appointed one of the chaplains in ordinary to the king in 1800, dean of the Order of the Thistle in 1803, resigned the living at Greyfriar's in 1828, and died May 11, 1830. He was a man of great talents and gifts; with warmth of temper, he was open. sincere, and generous, exercising unbounded liberality. He published, An Essay on the Folly of Scepticisn (Lond. 1788): — Oratio de Religionis et Philosophia Societate et Concordia Maxime Salutari (Utrecht, eod.): — Oratione Imaginatione in Vitae Institutione Regenda (ibid. 1790): — Essay on the Natural Equality of Man (Edinburgh, 1793): — seven single sermons (Lond. eod.): — Speech in the General Assembly on the Settlement at Kingsbairns of the Reverend Dr. Amot (Edinburgh, 1800): — Letters to the Reverend Principal Hill (Aberdeen, 1801): — Sermons (Edinburgh, 1803): — A Letter to Principal Hill (1807): — Philemon or,
The Progress of Virtue, a poem (1809, 2 volumes): — An Attempt towards a New Historical and Political Explanation of the Revelation (1812): — An Essay on the Existence of a Supreme Creator (Aberdeen, 1816, 2 volumes, for which was adjuged Bennett's prize of £1250): — A Comparative View of Christianity (Edinburgh, 1826, 2 volumes). See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:475-476.