William Robertson, d. 1745

ROBERTSON, William. b. date unknown, ca. 1688; d. 16 November 1745. He was the son of David Robertson of Brunton, Fife (James Mearns* in JJ, p. 968, the source of much of the information that follows). He was licensed to preach in 1711. He was assistant minister in the Presbyterian Church at London Wall, but returned to Scotland in 1714 as minister of Borthwick, Midlothian. In 1733 he became minister of Lady Yester’s Kirk, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, at that time one of the most prestigious appointments in the city. In 1736 he became minister of the historic Greyfriars Kirk. His final months must have been seriously disturbed by the Jacobite rebellion, which entered Edinburgh in September...

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