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Gabriel Wilson AM

Gabriel Wilson was Minister of Maxton from 1713 until 1750. Having obtained his degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1697, he was licensed by the Presbytery of Kirkcudbright in 1706. He became assistant to Gabriel Semple in Jedburgh, and after his death, was engaged by Robert Edgar as his helper in 1708 and ordained as his successor at Maxton in 1709.

' He was one of twelve who gave in a representation and petition to the Gen Assembly 11th May 1721 against an Act of the preceding Assembly condemning the marrow of Modern Divinity, for which they were ironically termed 'the twelve apostles'. Being Moderator of the previous meeting of Synod he opened their next with a sermon which occasioned him and the Church considerable trouble, yet ended only in his being 'admonished to keep the form of sound words, and to beware of expressing himself upon any occasion in such terms as will be of bad influence on Christian practice, or any ways tend to weaken the life and power of godliness, and be of dangerous consequence to the great interests of precious souls'. With other six he protested against the sentence of the Commission, loosing the four brethren from their charges, 16th Nov 1733. After all his zeal for Presbyterian doctrine and government, however, he adopted the principles of the Independents, and formed a select church at Maxton. Yet he remained unmolested in the benefice till his death 11th Feb 1750, aged about 71, in 41st min. He was a particular friend of the elder Boston, who characterized him as 'a man of great piety, tenderness, and learning, with a vast compass of reading - a painful minister - a plain preacher, but deep in his thoughts, zealous and faithful to a pitch, with much of the spirit of the old Presbyterians, - a most affectionate, constant, and useful friend, - and a seasonable and wise adviser'. He marr in Oct 1709 Rachel Corsan, who survived him, and had a son, Andrew MD, physician, London, and three daugh., Jean who marr Mr George Byres, min of Lessudden, Ann, who marr Mr George Ogilvie, min in Newcastle, and Marion.'


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