Fergussone, David

Fergussone, David a Scotch clergyman, born in Dundee, was nominated by the lords of the privy council to be the first Protestant minister at Dunfermline, in 1560. He was a member of thirty-nine assemblies, from June 1563, to May 1597, and moderator in those of 1572 and 1578. In 1567 Rossyth was under his care, and in 1574 Carnock and Baith were added. In 1576 he was appointed visitor of the churches in the diocese from Forth to Tay and from the Ochils to Dunkeld. He died August 23, 1598, at an advanced age. Though not educated at a university, yet from his good taste, lively fancy, piety, and integrity, he was highly useful in improving and enriching the Scottish language, and he was a favorite with all classes. He took a lively share in ecclesiastical affairs, wrote a diary of historical notes, and had a valuable library of books of theology and natural history. He wrote, An Answer to

the Epistle written by Renat Benedict (Edinb. 1563); a Sermon preached at Leith in 1572, and Scottish Proverbs Gathered Together (ibid. 1641). Some of his tracts were printed by.the Bannatyne Club in 1860. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, 2:565.

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