Begg, James (1808-1883)

Begg, James, D.D., born 31st October 1808 at New Monkland manse, Lanarkshire, was educated at Glasgow University, and was licensed as a preacher in 1829. Minister of Liberton from 1835 to 1843, he 'came out' at the Disruption, and thenceforward to his death (29th September 1883) held the neighbouring Free Church of Newington, Edinburgh. A man of fine presence and vigorous intellect, he distinguished himself by his old-world orthodoxy, his humour and combativeness, and his efforts to improve the houses of the poor. See Memoir by Prof. T. Smith (2 vols. 1885-88).
References
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 84.

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