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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: The following account of the Reverend Mr. William Guthrie, is faithfully transcribed from that laborious :uid worlliy Jivlne, Mr. Robert Woclrow, in his history of the sufferings of the church of Scotland, and is as follows : Mr. William Guthrie, minister at Fin- wick, in the shire of Air, used the greatest of freedom and sincerity in his sermons at this time. I am too nearly concerned in this great man to say much about him, and therefore choose to give this in the words of a worthy minister, his contemporary, in his character of him. " In his doctrine Mr. William Guthrie was as full and free as any man in Scotland had ever been; which, together with the excellency of his preaching gift, did so recommend him to the affections of people, that they turned the cornfield of his glebe to a little town, and every one building a house for his family upon it, that they might live under the drop of his ordinances and ministry." Indeed the Lord gave him an opportunity to bear a longer testimony against the defections of this time than most of his brethren; till at length the malice of the archbishop of Glasgow, turned him out in the year 1664, as we may hear. Congregational Fasts kept. A great many ministers kept congregational fasts; and that was almost all they could do, since now there was scarce any opportunity of pres- byterial or synodical appointments of this nature; and in some places where there was disaffected persons to delate them, ministers suffered not a little for this practice, and the plainness of their doctrine. The other instance I promised as to the sufferings of old ministers this year, is that of the reverend and singularly useful Mr. William Gujhrie, minister of the gospel at Finwick. This extraordinary person I have particular opportunities to have certa...
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