Stark, Mark Y
Stark, Mark Y., a Presbyterian minister, was born at Dunfermline, Scotland, Nov. 9, 1799. He was educated at Essex, England, graduated at Glasgow University in 1821, studied theology at the same university, was licensed by Glasgow Presbytery of the National Church of Scotland, and afterwards traveled on the Continent, and extended his studies, attending lectures at the University of France as well as at Berlin. In 1833 he emigrated to Canada, and was soon after installed as pastor of the congregations at Ancaster and Dundas. He occupied the moderator's chair of the last synod held before the division of the Church in Canada, and of the first Free Church Synod in Kingston in 1844. In 1861, when the "union" of the churches of Canada was consummated, it met with his hearty approval. In 1862, on account of infirm health, he resigned his charge, and died Jan. 24, 1866. See Wilson, Presb. Hist. Almanac, 1867, p. 483.