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CodeNA6965
Dates1706-1785
Person NameLeechman; William (1706-1785); Professor of Divinity, later Principal of Glasgow University
SurnameLeechman
ForenamesWilliam
EpithetProfessor of Divinity, later Principal of Glasgow University
ActivityWilliam Leechman (1706-1785), professor of divinity, was the son of William Leechman, a farmer of Dolphington, Lanarkshire. He was educated at the parish school, and because his father had taken down the quarters of Robert Baillie (d 1684) after his execution at the tolbooth of Lanark, the Baillie family assisted Leechman to attend Edinburgh University. Leechman studied divinity and graduated in 1724. He was tutor to James Geddes and, about 1727, to William Mure of Caldwell. In the winter the family stayed in Glasgow and Leechman attended lectures.

In 1731 he was licensed to preach by Paisley Presbytery and was ordained minister of Beith in 1736, becoming moderator of the synod at Irvine, 1740. Leechman married Bridget Balfour of the Pilrig family, 1743 and later that year was elected Professor of Divinity at Glasgow and resigned from his parish at Beith, 1744. Leechman lectures in English. He was moderator of the General Assembly, 1757, and in 1761 he became Principal of the University of Glasgow. From 1759 he suffered from ill-health and in 1785 he suffered two strokes and died in December. Leechman published a few of his sermons and his collected works were published in two volumes in 1789.
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