Keir, John, Dd

Keir, John, D.D.

a Presbyterian minister, was born at Bucklyvie, Stirlingshire, Scotland, Feb. 2, 1770, educated at the University of Glasgow, studied theology under Rev. A. Bruce, professor of theology in the General Associate Synod, and was licensed at Glasgow in 1807. In 1808 he was appointed missionary to Nova Scotia, B. P., whither he immediately proceeded. In the spring of 1809 he preached at Halifax and Merigomiah, and later took charge of the societies at Princetown and St. Peter's, Prince Edward Island. and in June, 1810, was ordained and installed as pastor, which position he held for nearly fifty years.. In addition to his pastoral duties he filled the position of professor of theology in the Presbyterian Church of Nova Scotia, to which he was appointed in 1843. He died Sept. 22, 1858. "Mr. Keir, as a lecturer, left upon the minds of the students a deep impression of the duties and responsibilities of the sacred office." — Wilson's Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1859-60 p. 234.

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