Jerment, George, Dd

Jerment, George, D.D., a minister of the Secession Church of Scotland, was born in 1759 at Peebles. Scotland, where his father was at the time pastor of a church of that branch of the Secession Church denominated before their union in 1819 as Anti-burgher. On the completion of his collegiate course he entered the divinity hall of his denomination, situated at Alloa and, while a student there, took a high standing in his class. After preaching a short time in Scotland he went to London, to become the colleague of Mr. Wilson, at the Secession Church in Bow Lane, Cheapside and was ordained in the last week of Sept. 1782. In the English metropolis Jerment was well received and he labored there for the space of thirty-five years, his preaching attracting large and respectable congregations from the Scottish residents of London. He died May 23, 1819. "His character stood very high in the estimate of all who knew him, as a man of sense, learning, prudence, and exalted piety." He was one of the first directors: of the London Missionary Society and greatly encouraged the enterprise. The writings of Jermey intrusted to the press are mainly public lectures and sermons: (London, 1791-1813). Among these his Early Piety, illustrated and recommended in several Discourses; and Religion, a Monitor to the Middle-aged and the Glory of old Men, deserve to occupy a conspicuous place. See Morison, Fathers and Founders of Lond. Miss. Society, p. 506 sq. (J.H.W.)

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