Crawford (occasionally written Crauford, or Crawforde) is the family name of a number of Scotch clergymen.
1. ALEXANDER, took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1647; was licensed to preach in 1652; was minister at Dornock in 1662, and deprived by the privy council the same year. He was still living in June 1689. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, 1:616.
2. ARCHIBALD, was the first Protestant minister at Kilmaurs, called in 1567, and transferred to Stevenston in 1569. In 1574 Dalry and Kilbirnie were under his care, where he continued in 1601, and afterwards resigned. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:177, 186.
3. CHARLES, was licensed to preach in 1659, and presented to the living at Ecclesmachan in 1661. He died in July 1682. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:184.
4. DUGALD, was licensed to preach in 1781; ordained the same year as deputy-chaplain to a regiment in the Dutch service; became assistant at Kilmory; was presented to the living at Saddell and Skipness in 1799, and transferred to Kilmory in 1815. He was drowned, March 5, 1821, aged sixty-eight years.He published three single Sermons, and Mental Tooth- pick for the Fair Sex. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:48.
5. GEORGE (1), took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1618; was appointed to the living at West Kilbride in 1632, and was deposed in 1648 for conniving at slander and sin in his parishioners, and selling his horse on a Sabbath-day. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:190.
6. GEORGE (2), was licensed to preach in 1704; called to the living at Symington, Ayrshire, in 1708; ordained in 1709; transferred to Stonykirk in 1711; and admitted in 1712. He died in January 1730. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, 1:772; 2:145.
7. GEORGE (3), son of the professor of moral philosophy at St. Andrews, was licensed to preach in 1826; presented to the living at. Cults in 1828, and ordained in 1829. He died November 5, 1831, aged thirty years. A volume of his Miscellaneous Discourses was published in 1832. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, 485, 486.
8. HUGH, took his degree at Glasgow University in 1648; was deprived by the privy council in 1662; indulged by the privy council in 1672, and appointed to Riccarton; cited to appear before the privy council in 1677, and before his cautioners in 1681; afterwards had a charge in Ireland; was recalled in 1687 to New Cumnock, and admitted to the living in 1688. He died in May, 1692, aged about sixty-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:105, 135.
9. JAMES, was licensed to preach in 1781; elected to the living at Newark in 1784; ordained in 1785, and promoted to Lochwinnoch in 1802 on the choice of the parishioners. He died May 17, 1814, aged sixty-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:226, 255.
10. JOHN, took his degree at Glasgow University in 1631; was admitted to the living at Lamington in 1645; was a member of the Commission of Assembly in 1649, and continued in 1662; summoned before the synod in 1664 for not conforming, and indulged by the privy council in 1669. He died Aug. 7.1674, aged sixty years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:224.
11. MATTHEW, took his degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1662, and studied afterwards at Utrecht; was licensed privately to preach in 1671; charged before the synod in 1674 with keeping conventicles, and for non- appearance was termed rebel, but could not be found; was called by the Presbyterians at Eastwood in 1679, and entered on the living there; was at the first meeting of synod after toleration in 1687; a member of the assembly in 1690, and is said to have had a principal part in settling the affairs of the Kirk at that period of transition. He died in December, 1700, aged about fifty-nine years. He published three works against popery, one in Latin, and left in MS. a History of the Church of Scotland. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:312.
12. PATRICK, took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1681; was licensed to preach in 1689; called to the living at Dailly in 1691, and ordained. He died in June 1710, aged about forty-nine years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:107.
13. ROBERT, was licensed to preach in 1824; appointed to the living at Kirkpatrick-Irongray in 1832, and ordained assistant in that parish; joined the Free Secession in 1843, and was admitted minister at the Free Church, Virginhall, in 1844. He died at Penpont, August 7, 1856, aged fifty-seven years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:594.
14. THOMAS JACKSON, D.D., youngest, son of the professor of moral philosophy at St. Andrews, took his degree at that university in 1831; was licensed to preach in 1834; was presented to the living at Cults the same year, and ordained; transferred to Glammis in 1838; promoted to St. Andrew's Church, Edinburgh, in 1844; appointed convener of the General Assembly's committee on psalmody in 1845, and for missions in 1850, which he held until 1854; was convener of the Home Missionary Committee in 1858; admitted professor of divinity at Edinburgh University in 1859, and elected moderator of the General Assembly in 1867. He died at Genoa, Italy, in 1875. Dr. Crawford published, Reasons for Adherence to the Church of Scotland (1843): — Presbyterianism Defended against Prelacy and Tractarianism (1853): — The Fatherhood of God Considered (1866): — The Doctrine of Holy Scripture respecting the Atonement
(1871): — and some single Sermons. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:486; 3:771, 772.
15. WILLIAM (1), took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1641; was presented to the manse and living at Ladykirk in 1651; conforming to episcopacy, he was collated to the living in 1662, but deposed in August, 1690, for drunkenness, he having been so charged fifteen years before. He died in 1695, aged eighty-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:442.
16. WILLIAM (2), was born at Kelso in 1676; took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1700; was licensed to preach in 1712, called to the living at Wilton, and ordained in 1713. He died May 28, 1737. He published a sermon, Christ the Power of God, etc. (1731): — A Short Manual against Infidelity (1734). His Works were also printed (Edinb. 1748, 2 volumes). See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:517.
17. WILLIAM (3), D.D., was licensed to preach in 1787; appointed to the living at Straiton in 1791, and ordained. Having been appointed professor of moral philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, he resigned his charge in 1816, and died September 23, 1822, aged sixty years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:144.