FINDLAY, ROBERT, D.D.,
a learned divine, the author of some works on divinity, was born March 23,
1721. He was the only son of William Findlay of Waxford and other lands in
Ayrshire, which he had inherited from his father, John Findlay, who died
in 1697. His mother was Barbara, daughter of Robert Hodzart, surgeon in
Kilmarnock, and, on becoming a widow, she married, secondly, Alexander
Cunninghame of Brighouse in the same county. The son was educated at the
university of Glasgow, after leaving which he went to Leyden, and on his
return spend some time at Edinburgh, with a view to the medical
profession, which he soon relinquished for the church. In 1744 he was
ordained minister of the parish of Stewarton, from which he removed, in
1745, to Galston, and next went to Paisley. In 1756 he became minister of
the North West parish of Glasgow, and in 1782 was appointed professor of
divinity in that university. He died in 1814, in his ninety-fourth year.
He had married in 1745, his cousin Annabella, daughter of Robert Paterson,
Esq. of Braehead, Ayrshire, and had a son, Robert Findlay, Esq. of
Easterhill, Lanarkshire, an eminent merchant in Glasgow. Dr. Findlay’s
Two Letters to
Rev. Dr. Kennicot. Lond. 1762, 8vo. anon.
A persuasive to
the enlargement of Psalmody. Glasgow, 1763, 8vo, anon.
the Sacred Books, and of Josephus, from various misrepresentations and
cavils of Voltaire. Glasgow, 1770, 8vo.
Inspiration of the Jewish Scriptures of the Old Testament asserted by St.
Paul, 2 Timothy iii. 16; and Dr. Geddes’ reasons against the tenor of his
words examined. Lond. 1804, 1810, 8vo.