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HIS TONERAL SERMON, BY THE REV. DR. GAIRDEN; AND AN)
ACCOUNT OF HIS LIFE AND WRITINGS
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MR. HENRY SCOUGAL, the worthy author of the following book, was born apout the end of June, in the year 1650.
His father, Mr. Patrick Scougal, was sometime minister at Salton, and afterwards Bishop of Aberdeen; in which See he sat above twenty years from the Restoration. He was married to Margaret Wemyss, daughter to a gentleman in Fife, by whom he had three sons and two daughters. Jolin Scougal, the eldest son, becaine Commissary of Aberdeen. Our author was the second. The youngest son, James, upon his eldest brother's death, succeeded him in the commissariat; which post he sold to Mr. Robert Paterson, father to the late Commissary of Aberdeen. He then went to Erlinburgh; where he was made one of the senators of the College of Justice, by the title of Lord Whitehill. Catharine Scougal, the elder daughter, married Alexander Scrogie, Bishop of Argyle; and Jane, the younger, became spouse to Mr. Patrick Sibbald, one of the ministers of Aberdeen.
But to return to our author. From his childhood, he made uncommon progress in divine, as well as human learning. At the age of fifteen, he went to the University; where he finished his courses in four years' time: and scarce had be ceased to be a pupil, when he became a Professor. Having adorned this character four years, the more immediate service of God in his church, required bim to enter into holy orders; and he was soon after settled at Auchterless,
small village about twenty iniles from Aberdeen. Here he had preached the gospel but the space of one year, when he was called to Aberdeen, and proinuted to the Professorship of Divinity, in King's College there, though yet no inore than four and twenty. This important function he discharged with the highest honour, till about his twenty