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short address of thanks, took the oaths, and Tuesday the Assembly heard a Petition his seat at the table. The number of Mem- from the Synod of Aberdeen, respecting bers who voted were 314, being the great- the re-building of a Bridge over the River est number ever present since the institu- Dee; and agreed to recommend a Collection of this Supreme Court. The Assem- tion for that purpose in Synods lying bebly room was quite full of spectators, and twixt the Moray Frith and the Tay--the many were disappointed for want of room. money collected to be remitted to Baillie

A Committee of the Assembly met again Charles Farquharson in Aberdeen. at eight in the evening, to revise commis- The Assembly thereafter took up the case sions, when an objection to those unstamp- of Mr John Carmichael, presentee to the ed was brought forward, by Adam Gillies, parish of Kinloch, in the Presbytery of Esq. advocate, who was followed on the Dunkeld, and Synod of Perth and Stirling. same side by Malcolm Laing, Esq. advocate, Mr Carmichael was


trials, at and Solicitor-General Clerk. The objec. intervals, by the Presbytery, so far' ack as tion was answered by David Boyle, Robert the years 179,3 and 704, when his knowHamilton, Archibald Campbell, Esqrs. ad. ledge of the Greek language was found to vocates, Mr John Peat, writer, Archibald be defective;, and in consideration of that Colquhoun, Esq. advocate, &c. The de- deficiency, new trials were prescribed for bate lasted till twelve o'clock at night, when him. the Committee agreed to report an opinion, From the great extent of the Presbytery, that the objection was futile, and ought to their meetings were held, sometimes at be repelled.

Dunkeld, and sometimes at Weem. In SepFriday the following Gentiemen were tember, 1794, the Presbytery having 'conappointed to preach before his Grace the vened at Weem, Mr Carmichael was there. Commissioner:-the Rev. Mr Simmie, at duly licensed. Rothiemay, on Sunday the 25th, in the A subsequent meeting of the Presbytery forenoon; Mr Brewster at Craig, in the held at Dunkeld, in October following, disafternoon. The Rev. Mr Pollock, at Go- sented from the judgement of the Presbyvan, on Sunday June 1st,

the forenoon; tery, at Ween, and remitted Mr Carmiand the Rev. Mr M‘Lauchlan, at Dundee, chael to his studies; but from this sentence in the afternoon. But the last two gentle- no complaint was made, or appeal taken, men having declined, Mr Dick at Čurrie, so that Mr Carmichael enjoyed the full beand Mr Stirling at Dunblane, were substi- nefit of his licence. tuted in their room.

In 1805, the Church of Kinloch, in the 'On Saturday the draughts of the Ad- above Presbytery, having become 'vacảnt; dress to the King, and of the answer to his Mr Carmichael obtained a presentation to Majesty's letter, were read and approved it from the undoubted Patron, his Majesty, of, and his Grace the Commissioner, at the When Mr Carmichael gave in his presenAssembly's request, was pleased to under. tation to the Presbytery in the month of take to transmit them to his Majesty. October last, the respondeuts in this case,

Mr Johnstone, on the part of Mr Mon- who are heritors, elders, and heads of famicrieff, after a handsome compliment to Mr lies in the parish of Kinloch, exhibited a Connell, the successful candidate for the libel against him, charging him with adulProcuratorship, relinquished the proposed tery, accession to a simoniacal transaction, scrutiny.

whereby the preseňtation was obtained, Monday the 26th the Assembly had fraud, &c. transmitted to them a Petition for the The Presbytery resolved to lead a proof Rev. Dr Meek of Cambuslang, and Pro- of such of the articles of the libel as they fessor Jardine, Members of the Kirk Ses- found relevant. Mr Carmichael appealed sion of Cambuslang, appealing from sen- to the Synod of Perth and Stirling. The tences of the Synod of Glasgow and Ayr, Synod having affirmed the sentence of the relative to the votes of Elders, &c. in the Presbytery, Mr Carmichael appealed to the parish of Cambuslang: The Assembly sus. General Assembly tained Mr John Dunlop's right to vote as Parties being heard, after a good deal of an Elder in the Kirk Session of Cambus. , reasoning, the Assembly unanimously suslang, who had objected to him, as being tained the second, fourth, and sixth ara non-resident, and that the sentences of ticles, and Simoniacal practices, and remitthe Presbytery of Hamilton, and Kirk Ses- ted the same to the Presbytery of Dunkeld, sion of Cambuslang be Reversed, which to be admitted to proof. was agreed to without a vote; and found The Assembly found the fifth-article, re. that Mr Robertson, assistant and successor lative to altering the accounts of the late to Dr Meek, was not a constituent Mem- Col. Campbell of Athalader, and others, too ber of the Kirk Session of Cambuslang, and vague as laid; but remitted it to the Preshad no right to vote.

bytery, with instructions to allow the libel.


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ters, if they shall see 'cause, to give in a still the Fund would, at any after period, second condescendence.

when a reduction of interest might be neThe Assembly unanimously affirmed the cessary, be no worse than it was now, and sentence of the Synod, sustaining the second in the mean while, the widows would have article of the charge, and quo ad ultr:1, re. been receiving annually an addition of five versed the sentence of the Synod, in so far hundred pounds. After stating these reaas it found that part of the fifth article rele- sons for supporting the overtureș, so far as Vänt, which relates to others, and dismis- they went, Mr Nicol made some observased the same.

tions with respect to the subject in general. Wednesday, May 28th the Assembly con- The Fund, he said, had been instituted in sidered the overture on the subject of the 1743, when an annuity of twenty-five property tax, and unapimously agreed to pounds had been assigned to widows of the remit to a Committee, with instructions to first class; that class would now receive at to lay before the Officers of State what is an average about thirty-four pounds, withtherein set forth, on the claim of the Clergy out any possibility of an increase ; and of the Church of Scotland to an exemption twenty-five pounds in 1743, he contended, from the property tax, and to report to was a sum which would go as far then as next Assembly

three times, the amount would do at the The

Assembly then considered a reference present period; so that if the expence of livto them by the Synod of Lothian and ing should increase as much during the Tweeddale, respecting a difference be- next thirty years as it had done for thirty tween the minister and schoolmaster of years past, the situation of widows and faDalmeny, regarding the legality of the lat- milies of Clergymen, who depended solely ter's election to the above office. The As- on the Fund, would exhibit a scene of sembly, after a short debate, unanimously penury, which it was painful to think of. sustained the reference; but, in respect it The only remedy for this growing evil, Mr was a question of a civil nature, remit to Nicol stated to be the establishing of a the Presbytery of Linlithgow, with instruc- Sinking Fund, to answer the exigencies of tions to find, that the question of right was, future years, and proceeded to throw out in the first instance, incompetently brought several suggestions as to the manner of probefore them as a Church Court; referring curing such a Fund; he mentioned particuto Mr Greig, the minister, and those in larly a subscription among the contributors, 1 kerested, to proceed against Mr Cooper, from which he had great expectations. The

the schoolmaster, in a Civil Court, as he present was a measure in which the Church shall be advised.

would cordially, unite, and the efforts of The Assembly afterwards proceeded to its members would be creditable to their consider the overtures anent irregular mar- feelings as men, and highly for the respecriages, and unanimously agreed to in- tability of their order as clergymen. They struct the Procurator and Agent for the had of late years been called upon to subChurch, to lay these overtures before the scribe on various occasions, and he was con

Lord Advocate of Scotland, for his advice fident no man would grudge, once in his sayd direction, and to report to the next life, to contributé liberally in a case such Assembly,

as the present, which must so strongly in. The Assembly thereafter proceeded to terest his humanity, his natural affection, take under consideration, overtures from and his professional feelings. the Synods of Aberdeen and Angus, propos- Another measure which he would suging a recommendation to the trustees of the gest, 'was a small addition to the annual Widows Fund, to take measures for raising rates, to the extent of ro per cent. upon the the interest-payable on their bonds, from present rates, which would he to contributfour one-half to five per cent. Mr Nicol, tors of the first class, about 135. to those of imember of the Synod of Angus, in support the second class, Tos. 6d, and to the third of these overtures, argued, that the recom- about Es. This, he thought, would not be mendation ought to be given, because it very sensibly felt by the Church, and it was evident, that the legal interest could would yield Five Hundred Pounds yearly to be obtained at present, on the first security he applied to the purposes of the Sinking in the kingdom; because, even in the time Fund. This Fund, he suggested, should be ol.peace, there was every probability of the allowed to accumulate for 14 years, when same interest being procured, from the the contributors might apply a certain part peculiar advantages which the Fund holds of it towards increasing the annuities. Havi forth to the borrower, who knows that the ing made these general observations, and money will remain with him as long as he earnestly requested that the contributors, requires it, and who is thus saved the trou- would revolve the subject in their minds, ble and expence of writing new securities; so as that it might be regularly taken up and because, if this should not be the case, some future occasion he moved that



the Assembly, in the mean time, should re- taining the trials of Mr Simon Fraser, precommend it to the Trustees to take mea- sentee to the parish of Kilmorack, and resures for increasing the interest payable on solving to proceed to his settlement with the money of the Fund, from four and a all convenient speed. Parties being heard, half to five per cent. This motion was the Assembly unanimously afirmed the seconded by Mr Johnston of Crossniichael, sentence of the Presbytery of Dingwall, in an impressive speech, and, after reason. and instructed the Presbytery to proceed to ing, unanimously adopted, in substance, by Mr Fraser's settlement at Kilmorack, the General Assembly.

with all convenient speed. Thursday the Assembly had transmitted Saturday a state of the Widows' Fund, to them' the peti' ion respocting the Norris. and a report of the trustees were given in, ton Fund. - Parties being fully heard, the and the thanks of the Assembly were voted Assembly unanimously found, that the elec- to Sir Harry Moncrieff Wellwood, for his tion of Mr Richard Knox, by the Presbyó fidelity, attention, and prudence, in the matery of Dumblane, on the sth of Nov., to be nagement of the Fund. factor on the Norriston Fund, is legal and The Assembly had transmitted to them valid, and the procedure of the Presbytery from the Committee of Bills, a petition of subsequent to that date, was highly irre- John Sinclair, Esq. of Barrock, appealing gular. They therefore appointed the Pres- from the proceedings of the Presbytery of bytery to install Mr Knox in the office. Caithness, in a libel exhibited by them de

The Assembly had afterwards under ganst him. Parties being heard, the As. their consideration the overtures respecting sembly unanimously sustained the appeal; non-residing Elders. After reasoning, the found that the question respecting the Assembly, without a vote, agreed to dis- charge of Incest was incompetently entermiss the overture as unnecessary, in respect tained by the Presbytery in this case, and that, when change of residence renders it dismissed the libel as irrelevant; and ordain-, impossible for an Elder to discharge the ed thelibel itself, and all subsequent proceedduties of a member of the Kirk Session of ings in this cause, to be expunged from the that parish in which he formerly resided, records of the Presbytery ;- leaving it to it is competent for the Kirk Session, and is the Kirk Session of Bower afterwards to in many parishes of Scotland the usual prac- take such steps, in regard to any other tice, to find, (if he does not, within the charge against Mr Sinclair, as they should space of twelve months, reside) that he can judge for edification, according to the rules no longer continue one of their members, of the Church. and to intimate to him by letter that they Monday June 2. the Assembly was dishave come to this resolution.

solved with the usual forms, and the next Thereafter the Assembly took under Assembly appointed to meet on the 21st of their consideration the overture respecting May 1807. ordained assistants and successors. This overture in substance bears, that the As. A numerous meeting of the Commissio. sembly may enact, that an assistant and suc- ners of Supply of the county of Runfrew, cessor can neither preside nor sit as an el. was held on the zoth April when the unani. der in Kirk Sessions, except when the Mi. mous thanks of the meeting were voted to nister is incapable of exercising the right the Lord Lieutenant, Vice Lieutenant, and vested in him, when the Presbytery may Deputy Lieutenants of the County, for grant authority to the assistant, to summon their very meritorious attention and troumeetings of Session, and to preside thereat; ble in the execution of the Defence Act,

may also, if they see cause, grant him au- whereby the county has been enabled to thority to sit in the Presbytery and Synods, raise its full quota of men, and thus avoid and a title to be elected a member of the being liable in penalties for deficiencies. General Assembly; but that the authority On Saturday evening, May 3d. Dr Ure of the assistant shall cease, whenever the concluded the annual Course of Lectures, Presbytery find that the Minister of the delivered in the Andersonian Institution, parish is restored to the capacity of exer- Glasgow, for the instruction of mechanics cising his constitutional right!

in the principles of machinery, and in the The Assembly, after reasoning, agreed, leading outlines of physical science. It was without a vote, to transmit this overture to attended by nearly soo students. On the the consideration of the Presbyteries of the termination of the Lecture, Mr Young. Church, with instructions to report their one of their number, stepped forward, and opinions to next Assembly.

presented the Doctor with a Miniature of Friday the Assembly took up the com- him, painted at their request, by Mr Heuplaint and appeal of Mr Donald M-Kenzie, chan, a member of the class, and elegantly from a sentence of the Presbytery of Ding- set in gold, with a suitable inscription, in wall, passed upon the 1st of May 1806, sus. testimony of their esteem and gratitude.


David Staig, Esq. of Fernroy, to Miss His Majesty has been pleased to appoint C. Peard, daughter of the late Henry the Right Hon William Wyndham Lord Peard, Esq. of Coole. Grenville, Sir John Newport, Bart. (Chan. At Dublin, William Campbell, Esq. cellor of Exchequer,) the Right Hon. Wil engineer, to Miss Maria Oliver Baillie, onliam Elliot, Sir Lawrence Parsons, May- ly daughter of James Baillie, Esq. late of rice Fitzgerald, Willian Barton, Henry Sandymount. Parnell, and Charles O'Hara, Esqrs, to be June 2. At Edinburgh, Mr John Stewart Lords of the Irish Treasury.

Bremner, to Miss Elizabeth Scott, daughter The Marquis of Douglas is appointed of James Scott, Esq. Penang. Ambassador extraordinary to the Court of . Mr John Wyld, merchant in GlasSt Petersburgh, and a Member of his Ma- gow, to Miss Jean Wilson, daughter of jesty's Privy Council.

John Wilson of Glenvernoch, Esq. Sir William A. Cunninghame of Miln- 4. At Edinr. William Spalding, Esq. of craig, (formerly of Livingston,) Bart. is ap- Glenkilry, to Miss Wilhelmina Nairne pointed Receiver General of the land tax Mellis, daughter of the late James Mells in Scotland, in room of Alex. Maclean of of Newhall, Esq. Ardgour, Esq. His letters patent under 6. At Edinburgh, Mr George Brown, the Great Seal of Great Britain, were pre- merchant, London, to Miss Isabella Neale, sented in the Court of Exchequer on the daughter of John Neale, Esqi 2d of June, when he took the usual oaths. 6. At ditto, Alexander Wallace, Esq. of John Gordon, Esq. is continued Deputy Auchinvole, to Miss Isabella Maxwell, el. Receiver General.

dest daughter of the deceased Mr Robert James' Gibson, Ese]. writer to the signet, Maxwell, merchant in Glasgow. is appointed Solicitor of Stamps for Scot. 8. At Gask, Major Nairn, to Miss Oliland, in room of Geo Buchan of Kello, Esq. phant of Gask.

On the 22d April, James Gordon of 9. At Paisley, Mr Patrick Falconer, Letterfourie, Esq. was served, before the merchant in Glasgow, to Miss Stirling, Sheriff of Edinburgh, heir male general of daughter of the late Mr John Stirling, the late Sir William Gordon of Gordon- merchant in Paisley. stone, prenier Baroniet of Nova Scotia. 10. At Edinr. John Fearn, Esq. to Miss

MILITARY APPOINTMENTS. Eneasina Mackay, sixth daughter of the Lieut. Gen. Lord Cathcart to be Com. deceased Lieut. Col. George Mackay, of mander in Chief in Scotland, vice Earl Bighouse. Moira, resigned.

12. At ditto, the Right Hon. Lord Lieut. Gen. Sir Hew Dalrymple to be Rollo, to Miss Greig, daughter of Wm. Lieut. Governor of Gibraltar, vice Lieut. Greig, Esq. of Gayfield Place. Gen. H. E. Fox, resigned. Major Gen. Sir Charles Green to be

BIRTHS. Governor of Surinam.

May 3. At Tixall-Hall, Staffordshire, the Brig. Gen. John Hodgson to be Gover. Lady of Thomas Clifford, Esq. a son and nor of Bermuda.

heir. His Highness William Frederick Duke 20. At Whiterig, the Lady of Major of Gloucester, to be Col. of the 3d regt. of Dunsmore, a daughter. Foot Guards, vice the Duke of Argyll de- 22. At Grantca, Lady Charlotte Hope,

'a daughter. Lieut. Gen. George Nugent to be Col. 22. At Scotstoun, Mrs Dennistown, of the óth foot, vice the Duke of Gloucester. younger of Colgrain, a son. :'--Sir Eyre Coote to be Col. of the 6ad 2 3. At Hilton, the Lady of Colonel

foot. - Lieut. Gen. Whitlocke to be Cok of Deas, of the Afadras cavalry, a son. the 8gth. And Lieut. Gen. Simon Fraser The Lady of Brigadier- General to be Col. of the oth West India regt. Graham Stirling, a son.

26. At Letham, Mrs Buchan Hepbarne, MARRIAGES.

younger, a son. June 2. At London, Charles Cunning- 28. At London, Lady Boringdon, a son ham, Esq. son of Sir William Cunningham, -. At ditto, Lady Caroline Wrottesley, Bart. of Robertland, to Miss Frances Call, a daughter. daughter of the late Sir John Call, Bart. of 31. At ditto, the Countess of Talbot, a Whitford.

At, ditto, Osborne Markham, Esq. June 2. At Old Aberdeen, the Lady of son of the Archbishop of York, to the Colonel A. Forbes, a soli. Right Hon. Lady Mary Thynne, sister of 4. At Airiy Lodge, the Viscountess of the Marquis of Bath.

Arbuthnot, a son,





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Fone 4. At Springkell, Lady Meron Max- Maria Price, wife of Barrington Price, Esq. well, a daughter.

daughter of John late Earl of Strathmore, s. At Edinburgh, the Lady of John and sister of the present Earl. Her LadyCampbell, Esq. sen. Writer to the signet, a ship expired on her birth-day, after an illdaughter.

ness of only two hours, and in the 38th 7. At Stuckeridge, in Devonshire, the

year of her age. Right Hon. Lady Mary Hay, a daughter. ... At Brighton, by a fall from his horse,

8. At Morningside House, the Lady of Lieut. John Wemyss, of the 1st dragoon Brigadier - General Samuel Graham, a guards. daughter.

13. At Mr George Cadell, se. 8. At London, Lady Grantham, a cond son of Will. Cadell of Bariton Esq. daughter.

13. At Westbank, Mrs Jean Craig, wife -. At ditto, the Lady of Rear-Admi- of Mr Dodds, and daughter of the ral Sutton, a daughter.

late James Craig of Setonhill, Esq. At Broomfield, the Lady of Philip 13. At Edinburgh, Mrs Elizabeth MacMarjoribanks, Esq. a son.

murray, relict of Mr James Gilliland, goldLately, the Lady of Lieut. Gen. Souter smich. Johnston, a daughter.

15. At Makerston, the Rev. James Ri. 14. At Herdmanston, East Lothian, the chardson, minister of that parish. Right Hon. Lady Sinclair, a daughter. . At Rutherglen, the Rev. James For.

long, minister of that parish. DEATHS.

At London, aged 17, Miss Randolph, Nov. 17. At Bombay, Captain John daughter of the Bishop of Oxford. Turner, of the Hon. East India Company's 16. At Haddington, Mr Archibald service.

Neill bookseller. March. At his estate of Lorn, in the is.

17. At Woodend, Berwickshire, Mrs land of Jamaica, Alexander Stewart, Esq. Low, wife of Alex. Low, Esq. of Whitof Achnacon, in Argyleshire.

somelaws. 14. At the Bay of Honduras, Mr John 17. At Corke, Capt. John Currie, 47th M'Lean, eldest son of the late Mr John

regt, son of the late James Currie, Esq. of M'Lean, merchant, Glasgow.

Braidkirk. -. At Vienna, the Hon. Warren Fitz

18. At Newton-upon-Ayr, Mr Robert Toy, brother to Lord Southampton. Smith, first Magistrate of that burgh, in the

April 1o. At his seat near New York, $3d year of his age. He was an enterprising in the 78th year of his age, Horatio Gates, merchant, and a worthy man. Esq. Lieutenant-General in the service of 18. At Bonhard, Alex. Macduff, Esq. the United States of America. He was an -, At Glasgow, Mr John Hamilton, able officer, and an accomplished and po- jun. merchant. lite gentleman.

a. At ditto, Mr William Marshall, wri20. At sea, Mr Archibald Swiaton, ter. third son of the late Mr Swinton of

At Campbeltown, Mr James Clark, Kimmerghame, being lost in the Lady surgeon. Burges East Indiaman.

19. At London, aged 5*, Sir Michad le May 4. At Kinlochlaigh, in Appin, Miss Fleming, Bart. M.P. for Westmoreland.Margaret Stewart, only daughter of Mr He was conversing with Lord Howick at Duncan Stewart.

the Admiralty, when he was suddenly ta6. At Leith, Mr& Agnes Hay, wife of ken ill, and expired before any medical asMr Robert Willis, merchant.

sistaace arrived. --, At Hull, John Russel, Esq. R. A. 19. At Chester, Mrs Jean Cameron, portrait painter in crayons to his Majesty spouse of Roderick M Neill, Esq. of Barra. and the Prince of Wales.

--. At Clifton, Lieut. Col. Peter, late of 11. At Midshiels, Andrew John Doug- the 66th regiment. las, eldest son of Archibald Douglas, Esq. 10. At London, aged 53, the Right of Adderstone.

Hon. Lord Monson. At Aberdeen, in the 73d year of his 31. At the house of his grandmother, age, Alexander Carnegie, Esq. of Cornhill, Lady Cunninghame of Robertland, John principal city clerk ; having discharged the Cunninghame, Esq. from Virginia, aged duties of that important office, for near 45 25, of a fever, and extremely regretted. years, with great ability, attention and fide- 22. At Bath, after a long illness, Mr An. lity.

drew Christie, fifth son of Alexander Chris12. At Edinburgh, Mrs Eliz. Metcalf, tie, Esq. of Babertost. reliet of Wm. Menzies, Esq. Solicitor of At the Manse of Kinnettles, aged Customs.

67, the Rev. David Ferney, nearly 33 years 13. At Cerney, in Gloucestersliire, Lady minister of chas parish.

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