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WAUGH, ALEXANDER, D.D., an eminent divine of the United Secession Church, the son of a small farmer, was born August 16, 1754, at East Gordon, Berwickshire. In 1770 he was sent to the university of Edinburgh, which he attended for four sessions, and in August 1774 he commenced the study of divinity under the Rev. John Brown of Haddington. In 1778, he took his degree of M.A., and, June 28, 1779, was licensed to preach the gospel by the Secession presbytery of Edinburgh at Dunse. Two months thereafter, he was selected by the presbytery to supply the Secession congregation of Well Street, London, which had become vacant by the death of the Rev. Archibald Hall. After performing this duty for about ten weeks, he returned to Scotland, and having received a unanimous call from the congregation of Newton, he was, August 30, 1780, formally inducted to that charge. In the spring of the following year he received a call from the congregation in Wells Street, London, which he declined; and, in May 1781, the call was carried before the synod at Edinburgh, when it was decided that he should remain at Newton. Two other calls from the same congregation were subsequently brought under the consideration of the synod, the last of which was sustained, March 19, 1782; and he was admitted to his new charge by the Secession presbytery of Edinburgh on the 30th of the following May. In June he commenced his ministry in London, where he became exceedingly popular, both as a preacher, and on account of the active part which he took in promoting the interests of the London Missionary and Bible Societies, and of many of the religious and charitable institutions of the metropolis. In 1815 he received the degree of D.D. from Marischal College, Aberdeen. He died December 14, 1827, in the 74th year of his age, and the 45th of his ministry in London. His congregation, besides defraying his funeral expenses, and securing an annuity to his widow, erected to his memory an elegant tablet of marble, with a suitable inscription, in their chapel in Wells Street. An interesting memoir of his life, with selections from his epistolary correspondence, pulpit recollections, &c. by the Rev. James Hay, Kinross, and the Rev. Dr. Belfrage, Falkirk, was published at London in 1830.

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