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HEUGH, HUGH, D.D., an eminent divine of the United Presbyterian Church, son of Rev. John Heugh, minister of the General Associate congregation, Stirling, was born in that town on 12th August, 1782. His paternal grandfather was minister of the parish of Kingoldrum, Forfarshire. His great-grandfather was also a minister. He was the youngest except one of ten children. Educated at the grammar school of his native town, in his 15th year he was sent to the university of Edinburgh, where he studied logic and moral philosophy, while his theological studies were conducted at Whitburn under the superintendence of Professor Bruce. On 22d February 1804, he was licensed to preach by the General Associate presbytery of Stirling, when he was only 22 years of age. Soon after he received calls from Greenloaning, Hawick, and Stirling, the latter to be colleague to his father. The ecclesiastical court, which then decided on competing calls, gave the preference to Stirling, and he was ordained on 14th August 1806.

      His ministry was very successful, being a working as well as a preaching minister. “With more than the ordinary vivacity of youth,” says Dr. Brown, in his Funeral Sermon, “he had much of the sagacity of age, and so conducted himself, both in public and private life, that no man could despise his youth. He was a diligent student, and a faithful laborious minister. The congregation in every sense of the word, flourished under him; and his ministry was fruitful as well as acceptable.” He remained 15 years in Stirling, and long before the close of his pastorate there, had established for himself a high standing in the denomination to which he belonged. After the union of the two sections of the Secession church, the Regent Place congregation, Glasgow, gave him a unanimous call in July 1821, being the third that they had sent to him within two years. Another call was presented to him at the same time from Nicolson Street congregation, Edinburgh. The Synod decided in favour of Glasgow, and his induction to his new charge took place on 9th October 1821.

      From the outset of his residence in that city, he ranked high as a preacher, and in 1831, the college of Jefferson, Pennsylvania, conferred upon him the degree of D.D. He took a prominent part in the management of all matters connected with the Secession church, and in the discussion of the various public questions of the day. On account of his health, he spent the summer of 1834 in Geneva, and after his return, a colleague to him was chosen by his congregation. Dr. Heugh died 10th June 1846, in his 64th year. His Life, with a Selection from his Discourses, by his son-in-law, Hamilton M. MacGill, minister of the United Presbyterian Church, Glasgow, and a portrait, was published in 1850, in 2 large volumes 8vo. – Dr. Heugh was the author of:

      Christian Beneficence, a Sermon. Stirling. 1815. Published at the request of the Stirling Female Society for relieving aged and indigent women, for whose benefit it was preached.

      Sermon to the Young. Glasgow, 1852.

Considerations of Civil Establishments of Religion; with an Appendix, containing Remarks on Dr. Inglis’ ‘Vindication.’ 3d edit. Glasgow, 1833, 12mo.

      Civil Establishments of Religion Unjust in their Principle, and Injurious in their Effects. Glasgow, 1835, 12mo.

      Friendly Reply to Friendly Address to Dissenters by Ministers of the Established Church. 1841.

      Statement of Principles held by the Associate Synod; on the Controversy as to the extent of the Atonement, in the case of the Rev. J. Morrison of Kilmarnock. 1841.

      Notices of the State of Religion in Geneva and Belgium. Glasgow, 1844, 16mo.

      Irenicum. Glasgow, 1846.

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