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James Grindlay Small

SMALL, James Grindlay. b. Edinburgh, 1817; d. Renfrew, 11 February 1888. He was educated at Edinburgh High School and the University of Edinburgh. He was a student under the great Thomas Chalmers, and was one of those who followed Chalmers to form the Free Church of Scotland at the Disruption of 1843. He became the minister of the Free Church at Bervie, near Montrose. He was ‘generally beloved as one of the kindest and gentlest of men’ (Kelynack, 1950, p. 228). He published several volumes of poems and hymns: The Highlands, the Scottish Martyrs, and other Poems (Edinburgh, 1843); Songs of the Vineyard in Days of Gloom and Sadness (Edinburgh, 1846); Restoration and Revival, or, Times of...

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