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The Aberdeen Doctors
A noteable group of Scottish Theologians of the first Episcopal period, 1610 to 1638, and the bearing of their teaching on some questions of the present time by D. MacMillan (1909).


Shortly after Professor Hastie's death, in 1903, a movement was set on foot for the purpose of perpetuating his memory in Glasgow University, and particularly in connection with the subject of Theology, of which he was so great a master. A considerable sum was speedily subscribed, and it was decided that the memorial should take the form of a Lectureship. The Trustees did me the honour of giving me the first appointment, and in the spring of this year I delivered, under the Hastie Foundation, a course of Lectures on the "Aberdeen Doctors," a subject suggested to me by Dr. Hastie himself. As no formal biography of Dr. Hastie has appeared, I thought it would not be out of place to make his remarkable career the subject of the Introductory Lecture; and as the question of Union between the chief Churches in the country is so much in the air at the present moment, I thought it right to make this the theme of my last Lecture. This of course I could do in perfect keeping with my subject, for it was a question on which the Doctors themselves gave a pronouncement, not of course in its present aspect, but as it forced itself upon them in their day. I have put into Appendices information which could not find a suitable place in the Lectures themselves. The biographical and historical matter which they contain will, I hope, be of some service to any who may wish to prosecute the matter further.

I wish to express my indebtedness to Mr. J. B. Douglas, M.A., for his assistance in the preparation of the volume, and to my friend Mr. William Wallace, LL.D., for many helpful suggestions.


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