Crichton (occasionally written Creichtoun), the family name of several Scotch clergymen and prelates:
1. DAVID, LL.D., was teacher in a school at Anstruther Easter; then English master at the Madras College, St. Andrews; licensed to preach in 1833; appointed to the chapel of ease, Inverbrothock, in 1838; joined the Free Secession in 1843; and had a son, Andrew, minister, of the Free New North Church, Edinburgh. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:809.
2. GEORGE, was made bishop of Dunkeld in 1527, also keeper of the privy-seal, and died January 24, 1543. He was not much skilled in matters of religion. See Keith, Scottish Bishops, page 94.
3. JAMES (1), D.D., took his degree at Glasgow University in 1655; was admitted to the living at Kilbride in 1663; deprived at the Revolution; was dean of the faculty of Glasgow University from 1679 to 1689, and died in April 1692, aged about fifty-seven years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2: 290.
4. JAMES (2), D.D., studied at Edinburgh University; was licensed to preach in 1798; presented to the living at Wamphray in 1799; ordained in 1800; transferred to Holywood in 1805, and died July 26, 1820. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:583, 666.
5. JOHN, took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1619; was called as colleague to the living at Abercorn in 1622; transferred to Campsie in 1623; to Paisley in 1629; was deposed in 1638 for Arminianism, etc.; petitioned the presbytery in 1649 to be restored, he being a chaplain in the army. He was afterwards stationed at Dublin. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:164; 2:53, 196.
6. JOSEPH, was licensed to preach in 1776; presented to the living at Carstairs in 1785, and ordained in 1786; transferred to Ceres in 1793, and died February 15, 1849, aged ninety-five years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:164; 2:319, 478.
7. PATRICK (1), was born at Nauchton; took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1600; was presented to the vicarage of Forgand in 1606, but changed it for that of Ruthven in 1609. and continued in 1644. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:759.
8. PATRICK (2), was licensed to preach in 1758; presented to the living at Glendevon in 1765, but was kept in suspense and refused admission to the charge till 1770. The presbytery denied him ordination in 1771, and he resigned in 1774. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 2:768.
9. ROBERT (1), nephew of bishop George Crichton,. was promoted to the see of Dunkeld in 1550, where he continued until put out by the reformers, at least as late as December 22, 1561. He is said to have been appointed a commissioner for divorcing the earl of Bothwell from lady Jane Gordon. See Keith, Scottish Bishops, page 96.
10. ROBERT (2), took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1625; was admitted to the living at. Essie-with-Nevay before 1637, and died before August 1, 1665, aged about sixty years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:747.
11. WILLIAM, took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1649; was called to the living at Bathgatein 1654, and ordained; his ministry was inhibited in 1655, and he was removed by the synod in 1660; was indulged by the privy council in 1672, but refused;. returned in 1687, and opened a meeting-house and formed a presbytery; was a member of the assembly in 1690; elected moderator in 1692; transferred to Falkirk the same year; promoted to Tron Church, Edinburgh, in 1695; again elected moderator in 1697; resigned in 1707, and died November 27, 1708, aged seventy-seven years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:56, 167, 186.