Mac Gill, Stevenson, Dd
Mac Gill, Stevenson, D.D.
a Scotch divine of considerable note, was born at Port Glasgow Jan. 19, 1765, of pious parents. He early chose the service of his Master, and conducted all his studies with a view to the ministry. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, and was licensed to preach in 1790; was appointed minister at Eastwood in 1791; was transferred in 1797 to the Tron Church, Glasgow, and later (1814) was also made a professor of theology in his alma mater. He died Aug. 18,1839. Dr. Mac Gill" commended himself to every man's conscience" not only by his ability in the pulpit, and his laborious visitations of his congregation and parish, but by the Christian interest he took in the public institutions and charities of the city — in the active direction he assumed of the Infirmary, the Prisons, the Magdalene and Lunatic Asylums. His services were also most zealously and actively rendered to ' the Society for benefiting the Highlands and Islands of Scotland by means of Gselic Schools," "the Propagation of the Gospel in India," and "the Missions on behalf of the Jews." In 1800 Dr. Mac Gill originated a clerical literary society, to-which for many years he acted as secretary. It was after receiving the full approbation and friendly criticism of this literary society that he favored the world with Considerations addressed to a Young Clergyman (1809, 12mo), a work which, on its first appearance, obtained an extensive circulation, and from the perusal of which no young minister can fail to derive great and permanent advantage. His sermons were published in 1839. See Robt. Burns, Memoir of Dr. Mac Gill (Edhib. 1842, 12mo); Jamieson,
Dictionary of Religious Biography, s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.