Paxton, George

Paxton, George D.D., a Scottish divine of note, was born at Dalgowry, East Lothian, in 1762. He entered the work of the ministry before 1789, and was in that year a member of the General Associate Synod, and subsequently under the same authority professor of divinity at Edinburgh. His places of pastoral labors were Kilmaurs and Stewarton. He died in 1837. He was a man greatly respected in the denomination to which he belonged, and possessed in his youth and prime rare-gifts of popular eloquence. He wrote, An Inquiry into the Obligations of Religious Covenants upon Posterity (1801, 8vo): — Illustrations of the Holy Scriptures (Lond. 1819, 2 vols. 8vo; and often in England and America); a valuable supplement to Harmer, containing a large amount of various and useful knowledge on subjects relating to Eastern geography, natural history, and manners and customs. See Orme, Biblioth. Biblia, s.v.; Nevin, Biblical Antiquities (Appendix), p. 441.

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