Colden is the family name of several Scotch clergymen, of whom we notice the following:
1. ALEXANDER, took his degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1675; became minister to the Presbyterian congregation at Enniscorthy, Ireland; was called to the living at Bonkle, Scotland, in 1690; was a member of the General Assembly the same year, and also in 1692; was transferred to Dunse in 1693, and promoted to Oxnam in 1700. He scrupled to take the oath of abjuration, but did so in 1719. He died June 29, 1738, aged eighty- three years. Mr. Colden wrote the preface to Boston's Crook in the Lot,
and was a true friend of that author, and a minister of true piety, learning, wisdom, and diligence. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:404-408, 510, 511.
2. GEORGE, took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1627, was presented to the living at Kinross in 1641, and died while attending a meeting of the synod at St. Andrews, April 5, 1665, aged sixty years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae 2:596.
3. JAMES, son of the minister at Oxnam, was licensed to preach in 1722; presented to the living at Whitsome in 1723, and ordained; and died September 20, 1754, aged fifty-eight years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:451.
4. JOHN, second Protestant minister at Borthwick in 1586; was transferred to Newlands, but was refused in 1592; resigned in 1594, and was admitted to Kinross. He, with two others, was appointed to sharply rebuke the earl and countess of Morton for entertaining in their house the earl of Huntly and others. He was a member of the assembly in 1602, and was one of forty-two who signed a protest to parliament in 1606 against the introduction of episcopacy. He opposed the archbishop taking the moderator's chair at the synod in 1607, for which he was censured and restricted to his parish. He died before October 6, 1640. His son George succeeded to the benefice. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, 1:252, 266; 2:596.
5. ROBERT, took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1626; was first a minister in Ireland, but was driven off by the cruelty of the rebels, and a collection was made for him in the kirk at Dunfermline in March, 1643. He was appointed minister at Bonkle, Scotland, in 1650, and died after March 29, 1664. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:408.
6. THOMAS, took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1657, was appointed to the living at Dalmeny in 1664, transferred to Carsphairn in 1669, and continued in March, 1672. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:181, 705.