Cuming (or Cumming) is the family name of many Scotch clergyman. For others of later date SEE CUMMING.
1. ALEXANDER (1), was licensed to preach in 1672; called to the living at Dallas the same year, and died May 24, 1681. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:179.
2. ALEXANDER (2), was licensed to preach, and presented to the living at Moy-and-Dalarossie in 1680, and ordained. Though a Jacobite, he continued after the Revolution in 1688, and died April 27, 1709. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:268.
3. ALEXANDER (3), was bursar to the presbytery in 1684 and 1685; minister at Liberton in 1689; deprived the same year for not praying for the king and queen, and died at Edinburgh, April 26, 1713, aged sixty years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:115.
4. DAVID, born at Relugas, took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1667; succeeded his brother as schoolmaster at Turrif, and then in the living at Edenkeillie in 1672, and was ordained; received into communion in 1694; was one of the ministers appointed in 1699 to visit the Highland parishes of Moray, and died at the end of the same year, aged about fifty- two years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:183.
5. GEORGE (1), took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1619; was appointed to the living at Dallas in 1624, and ordained; in 1631 was charged before the presbytery with making railing verses, found among the people, which he denied on oath; was the only minister in the presbytery who refused to subscribe the Covenant in 1638; officiated as synod clerk in 1643; was a member of the Commissions of Assembly in 1644 and 1645; and subscribed the marquis of Huntly's bond in 1646. He died before May 3, 1648, aged about forty-nine years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:179.
6. GEORGE (2), took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1647; became schoolmaster at Elgin, where he was obtruded on the grammar- school by the magistrates, in 1649, without the consent of the presbytery; was licensed to preach in 1655; called to the living at Urray in 1658, and died in 1705, aged about seventy-eight years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:305.
7. GEORGE (3). born at Elgin, took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1667; was licensed to preach in 1674; presented to the living at Essil in 1676, and ordained. He died September 20, 1723, aged about seventy-six years. His two sons, Archibald and George, both settled as clergymen in England. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:170.
8. JOHN (I), born at Relugas, took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1661; became schoolmaster at Turrif; was presented to the living at Edenkeillie in 1688, and ordained; transferred to Auldearn in 1672; resigned in 1682, and settled at Cullen. He died at Edenkeillie, February 9, 1689, aged forty-eight years. His son John was the first regius professor of divinity and church history in the Edinburgh University. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:183, 246, 673.
9. JOHN (2), took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1663; was licensed to preach in 1668; called to the living at Birnie in 1670, and ordained; instituted in 1671; deprived in 1690 for nonconformity; went to Ireland, where he is said to have joined the Romish Church. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, 3:159.
10. JOHN (3), was called to the living at Sandstingand-Aithsting in 1701; ordained in 1702; falling under censure, was reproved by the synod in 1704. He died May 21, 1731. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:428.
11. JOHN (4), son of the minister at Edenkeillie, studied theology at Glasgow University; was called to the living at Eyemouth in 1708, and ordained; transferred to Humbie in 1715, and died February 26, 1754, aged seventy-four years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:338, 437.
12. JOHN (5), D.D., was born in 1685, in Ireland; educated in a Scotch university; removed to England, and was chosen pastor at Cambridge. In 1714 the court designed the overthrow of dissent by act of parliament, and Mr. Cuming resisted that act by publishing The Corruptions and Defections of the Present Times as to Matters of Religion. In 1715 he wrote and published Remarks on Dr. Bentley's Sermon on Popery. In 1716 he took charge of the Scotch Church at Founder's Hall, Lothbury, London. In 1717 he preached a Sermon to Controvert One on the Kingdom of Christ, published by bishop Hoadley. He took an active part in the Salter's Hall Synod in 1719, in defense of the Trinity, and was one of the signers. He preached and published a sermon on the subject, which, in 1722, he defended by a bulky volume On the Authority of Scripture Consequences in Matters of Faith. In 1724 he published the Funeral Sermon of Benjamin Robinson. He died September 7, 1729. See Wilson, Dissenting Churches, 2:487.
13. MICHAEL, took his degree at the University of St. Andrews in 1659; became a chaplain; was licensed to preach in 1663; appointed to the living at Drainy in 1666; declined to take the test in 1681, but was returned to his ministry in 1683, and died in March 1695. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:161.
14. PATRICK (1), was presented by the king to the parsonage of Dallas and vicarage of Alderne in 1576, which he resigned before February 1586; was transferred to Urquhart in 1578, his former parishes being conjoined. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:173, 178.
15. PATRICK (2), born at Relugas, took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1670; became minister to a Presbyterian congregation in Dublin; was called to the living at Ormiston in 1689; ordained in 1690, reserving the liberty to return to Ireland. He was a member of the General Assembly in 1690, and was appointed with principal Dunlop, in 1694, to get the royal sanction to hold the General Assembly, which had been interrupted. He had the care of all the churches, was a constant friend to all young ministers and scholars, and a most instructive and cheerful companion. He died March 10, 1731, aged eighty-one years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:302.
16. PATRICK (3), D.D., son of the minister of Relugas, took his degree at Edinburgh University in 1716; became chaplain to lord justice Clerk (Grange); was licensed to preach in 1720; appointed to the living at Kirkmahoe the same year, and ordained; transferred to Lochmaben in 1725, and to the Collegiate Church, second charge, Edinburgh, in 1732; elected moderator of the General Assembly several times, and died April 1, 1756, aged eighty years. He was distinguished for erudition. liberal sentiments. and extensive benevolence. His talents as a speaker gave him great influence, and, patronized by the Argyll family, then holding in their hands the government of Scotland, he acquired the chief management of the affairs of the Church in Scotland from the year 1751. His sons, Robert and Patrick, were professors in the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 1:15, 588, 642.
17. PATRICK (4), D.D., was born in 1695; in 1737 became professor of church history in the University of Edinburgh, and was also one of the ministers of the city, having been ordained when but seventeen years old. He resigned his professorship in 1762, in favor of his son. Soon after his removal to Edinburgh he became the leader.of the Church party known as the Moderates. He was several times moderator of the assembly, and died April 1, 1776, at Rybreas, in the parish of Edenkeillie. Dr. Cuming was a man of extensive historical and critical knowledge; and as a preacher, equalled by few, having an easy, fluent, neat, and elegant style. See Annals of the Church of Scotland (1739-1766), 1:319.
18. ROBERT, took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1680; was licensed to preach, and admitted to the living at Urquhart-and- Glenmorriston in 1686, and ordained. He died before April 8, 1730, aged about seventy years. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:120.
19. WILLIAM (1), took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1622; was licensed to preach, but not settled; complained of to the synod in 1624 for marrying irregularly at Inverness, but continued in the ministry. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:344 .
20. WILLIAM (2), took his degree at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1661; was appointed to the living at Dores in 1663, and ordained; removed in 1664; called to Halkirk in 1677, and continued in 1688. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticane, 3:262, 362.
21. WILLIAM (3), brother of the minister at Riccarton, was licensed to preach in 1693; called to the living at Caterline in 1708, ordained in 1709; and died in 1717. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticane, 3:877.