James Erskine

James had his daughter baptised at Charlotte Chapel, but possibly the more important connection is his theologian brother, Thomas.

Lived
1787-1816
Origin
Linlathen
Father
David Erksine of Linlathen d.1791
Mother
Anne Graham, daughter of William Graham of Airth, and Anne Stirling, daughter of Sir Henry Stirling, third Baronet of Ardoch. She a Jacobite who held an Episcopalian service in Airth castle each Sunday and refused to pray for King George (3)
Estate
Linlathen
Story
After James' death in 1815 the estate was inherited by his brother Thomas, an advocate who had grown up in Edinburgh and a lay theologian with views strongly reminiscent of those of Daniel Sandford. Thomas moved between Church of Scotland preachers he admired like Thomas Chalmers and John McLeod Campbell, and the Episcopalian liturgy, using the prayer book offices for his daily devotions and having a funeral according to the English rite. In 1820 Thomas published 'Remarks on the Internal Evidence for the Truth of Revealed Religion', one of Sandford's favourite topics. He developed a theology of the universal availability of the gospel which was considered heterodox by presbyterians, but he was universally admired for his erudite, warm piety (3).
Chapel connection
1815 (baptism)
Married on
1811
Spouse
Catherine Stirling
Children
Catherine (1815)
Related to
Christine Erskine was his second cousin once removed.

Further Research
His obituary is in the first issue of the Dundee Courier, 20 September 1816

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1818
  3. 'Thomas Erskine of Linlathen, 1788-1870' by Trevor Hart in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, 2004)

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