Sermons of Rev. James Mackinlay (b. 1756)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The sermons - manuscript - are contained in a single volume. There is numbering within the volume. The item contains an inserted letter, dated 1901.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Mackinlay was born in Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in 1756. He was the son of a farmer, James Mackinlay. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, and was licensed by the Presbytery of Ayr on 3 July 1782. Mackinlay was a tutor in the family of Sir William Cunningham of Windyhill. James Mackinlay was ordained on 6 April 1786 and the ceremony was the subject of the poem The ordination by Robert Burns. He was a Minister in Kilmarnock.

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The volume of Mackinlay sermons was donated to Edinburgh University Library by Deborah Miller, Edinburgh, in May 2005.

Other Finding Aids

None prepared.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Volume measures 13cm x 21.5cm

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division

Custodial History

The volume of Mackinlay sermons had been sent by the writer of the letter (inserted in the volume) to W.D. Miller of Ruchill who was said to have been a significant figure during the Disruption. W.D. Miller was the grandfather of the donor's husband.