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HILL, GEORGE, D.D., an eminent divine, born in St. Andrews in June 1750, was the son of Rev. John Hill, one of the ministers of that town. He showed a singular precocity of talent, and when only nine years old is said to have written a sermon. At the age of 14 he took his degree of M.A., and in his 15th year commenced the study of theology. By his uncle, Dr. MíCormick, the biographer of Carstairs, he was introduced to Principal Robertson, on whose recommendation he was appointed tutor to the eldest son of Pryce Campbell, M.P., then one of the lords of the treasury. He repaired, in consequence, to London in November 1767, and on the death of Mr. Campbell, returned to Edinburgh with his pupil, and for two sessions attended the divinity class in that city. In May 1772 he was elected joint professor of Greek in the university of St. Andrews. In 1775 he was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Haddington, and for two years thereafter was assistant in the church of St. Leonardís, St. Andrews. In 1779 he was elected second minister of that town, and was admitted to his charge June 22, 1780. He had previously sat in the General Assembly as an elder, and after his appearance as a minister, he succeeded Dr. Robertson as leader of the moderates. In 1787 he received from St. Andrews university the degree of D.D., and was appointed dean of the order of the Thistle. In 1788 he was chosen professor of divinity in St. Maryís College, St. Andrews, and three years after became principal of the university. He was also one of his majestyís chaplains for Scotland, and a dean of the chapel royal. In 1808 he became first minister of his native town. He died Dec. 19, 1819. Ė His works are:

            Sermons. London, 1795, 8vo.

            Theological Institutes. 1803, 8vo.

            Lectures upon Portions of the Old Testament, illustrative of the Jewish History. London, 1812, 8vo.


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