Leechman, William, Dd
Leechman, William, D.D.
a Scotch divine, was born in 1706, educated at the University of Edinburgh, licensed to preach in 1731, ordained minister of Beith in 1736, elected professor of theology in the University of Glasgow about 1743, principal in 1761, and died December 3, 1785. He was held in high estimation by his brethren in the ministry, having been elected by them, in 1740, to the moderatorship of the Synod of Glasgow and Ayr, and in 1757 of the General Assembly. He was a ripe theologian, a powerful preacher, and a warm advocate of all institutions of a worthy character. A collective edition of his sermons, with a life of the author, by James Wodrow, D.D., was published (Lond. 1789, 2 volumes, 8vo; new ed. 1816, 2 volumes, 8vo). See The (Lond.) Christian Observer, December 1812, page 753; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.