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ANNAND, WILLIAM, dean of Edinburgh, was born at Ayr in 1633. His father, who bore the same name, was rector of that town under the episcopacy, and rendered himself very unpopular by his strong attachment to the episcopal form of worship. Having in August 1637 been appointed to preach at the opening of the synod of Glasgow, he chose for his text 1 Tim. II. 1, 2, and, says Baillie, "in the last half of his sermon, from the making of prayers, ran out upon the liturgy, and spake for defence of it in whole, and sundry most plausible parts of it, as well, in my poor judgment, as any in the isle of Britain could have done, considering all circumstances ; howsoever, he did maintain to the dislike of all in an unfit time, that which was hanging in suspense betwixt the king and the country. Of his sermon among us in the synod, not a word; but in the town, among the women, a great din." On the following day Mr. Lindsay, minister of Lanark, preached, and as he was entering the pulpit, "some of the women in his ear assured him that if he should twitch (touch) the service-book in his sermon, he should be rent out of his pulpit: he took the advice, and let the matter alone." During the day the women contented themselves with railing and invectives, and "about thirty or forty of our honestest women, in one voice, before the bishop and magistrates, did fall, in railing, cursing, scolding, with clamours on Mr. Annand: some two of the meanest were taken to the tolbooth." Late in the evening Mr. Annand went out with three or four of the clergy, when he was immediately assaulted by some hundreds of enraged women, "of all qualities," who with fists and staves "beat him sore; his cloake, ruff, hatt were rent. - However, upon his cries, and candles set out from many windows (it was a dark night), he escaped all bloody wounds; yet he was in great danger even of killing." The following day the magistrates accompanied him to the outskirts of the town, to prevent farther molestation. (Bailie’s Letters and Journals, ed. 1841, vol. i. pp. 20, 21.) In 1638, five years after his son’s birth, he was obliged to remove to England, on account of his adherence to the king and his zeal in the cause of episcopacy. In 1651 the younger Annand was admitted a student of University college, Oxford. In 1656, being then Bachelor of Arts, he received holy orders from Dr. Thomas Fulwar, bishop of Ardfert, or Kerry, in Ireland, and was appointed preacher at Weston on the Green, near Bicester, in Oxfordshire. He was afterwards presented to the vicarage of Leighton-Buzzard, in Bedfordshire. In 1662 he returned to Scotland, in the capacity of chaplain to John, earl of Middleton, high commissioner from the king to the Estates. In the end of 1663 he was inducted to the Tolbooth church at Edinburgh, and some years after transferred to the Tron church. In April 1676 lie was appointed by the king dean of Edinburgh. In 1685 lie acted as professor of divinity in. the university of St. Andrews, and on the 30th of June of that year he attended, by order of government, the earl of Argyle at his execution. He was the author of seven theological treatises, principally in favour of the episcopal worship and government, all published in London but the last, which came out at Edinburgh in 1674. He died on 13th June 1689, and was interred in the Greyfriars’ churchyard, Edinburgh.—Biographia Britannica.

The titles of Dean Annand’s works, which, notwithstanding their Latin names, were all written in English, are as follows:

Fides Catholica; or the doctrine of the Catholic Church, in eighteen great ordinances, &c. Lond. 1661—2, 4to.
A Sermon in Defence of the Liturgy, on Hosea xiv. 2. 1661, 4to.
Patium Quotidianum; or Daily Bread, in defence of set forms of prayer. Lond. 1662, 4to.
Pater Noster; or Our Father, an explanation of the Lord’s Prayer. Lond. 1670, 8vo.
Mysterium Pietatis; or the Mystery of Godliness. Lond. 1672, 8vo.
Doxologia, Lond. 1672, 8vo.
Dualitas; including Lex Loquens; or the Honour of Ma-. gistracy; and Duorum Unitas; or The Agreement of Magistracy and Ministry, &c. Edin. 1664.

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