Alexander Thomson (minister)

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Alexander Thomson (c. 1593 – 1646) was a Minister in the Church of Scotland during the lead up to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. He was ejected from the Ministry for supporting the King and the Book of Common Prayer. He was the son of Alexander Thomson, Minister of Stonehouse Alexander graduated M.A. from Glasgow University in 1613. Ten years later, in 1623, he was presented by James Hamilton, 2nd Marquess of Hamilton (a supporter of the King) to the The Kirk Session of Cambuslang and became Minister there.

On 3 July 1628 the Town Council of Edinburgh elected him to be one of the new Ministers of St Giles, Edinburgh, when the large parish of Edinburgh was split up. In 1638 the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland declared the National Covenant and defied King Charles I’s Episcopalian policies. It demanded that Ministers refuse the King’s order to use a new Prayer Book based on the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. Mr Thomson declined to follow this advice, and not only used the new prayer book in his services, but defended its use. Soon afterwards on 1 January 1639 he was deposed. He died in 1646, aged about 53. He had married Margaret Moorehead, and had had a son James, whom he apprenticed to James Stewart, a merchant in Edinburgh, on 6th Nov. 1639. After the Restoration of the King, another son, John, got £100 5 July 1661, sterling from Parliament, 5 July 1661, in respect of his father's sufferings. He had another son, William, and a daughter Margaret, who married James Hamilton, the Bishop of Galloway, further confirming his Episcopalian sympathies.

Sources[edit]

  • Porter, Wm Henry Cambuslang and its Ministers (in Mitchell Library - Glasgow Collection, reference GC941.433 CAM 188520 Box 952
  • Scott, Hew Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae V4: The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation Edinburgh 1922
  • Wilson, James Alexander OBE, MD A History of Cambuslang: a Clydesdale parish. Jackson Wylie & Co Glasgow (1929)