Cranston (Cranstoun, or Cranstoune) is the family name of several Scotch clergymen.
1. JOHN (1), took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1611; was presented to the living at South Leith, Edinburgh, in 1620; transferred to Liberton in 1624; back to South Leith, first charge, in 1627; and died in 1629, aged about thirty-eight years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:99, 104, 115.
2. JOHN (2), took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1685; was appointed to the living at Crailing in 1692, and ordained; transferred to Ancrum in 1704, and died October 17, 1748, aged eighty-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:485, 493.
3. JOHN (3), was licensed to preach in 1730; presented to the living "at Ancrum as assistant and successor to his father in 1733, and ordained; and died January 17, 1790, aged eighty-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:485.
4. MICHAEL, was appointed the first Protestant minister at Selkirk in 1580; transferred to Liberton in 1585; transferred to Cramond in 1590; in 1596 was imprisoned for stirring up a tumult and uproar in Edinburgh. His opinions changed greatly as he advanced in life. He died in 1631. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:114, 132, 539.
5. ROBERT, took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1609; was presented to the living at Kettle or Lathris in 1626, in succession to his father; transferred to Scoonie in 1630; was a member of the assembly in 1638, and died in 1643, aged about fifty-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:495, 558.
6. THOMAS, was appointed to Borthwick in 1567, as the first Protestant minister there; transferred to Liberton in 1569; to Peebles in 1571; returned to Liberton in 1574; removed to Ashkirk in 1579, and to Liberton in 1580; retransferred to Liberton in 1582, and died in Edinburgh in 1585. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:113, 114, 235, 266, 542.
7. WILLIAM, was promoted from being regent at the University of St. Andrews; appointed to the living at Kettle in 1589; was a member of the general assemblies of 1590, 1597, and 1602; subscribed the protest against introducing episcopacy in 1606; deprived in 1620; again presented to Kettle in 1623 by the king, but resigned before May 1626, and died in January, 1633, aged seventy-seven years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:495.