|Activity||Rev John Brown (1722-1787), biblical commentator, whilst a herd-boy, taught himself Hebrew, Greek and Latin. He also earned a living as a pedlar, and as a soldier he was stationed at the garrison in Edinburgh, 1745. Brown taught school in Midlothian and Kinross-shire and joined the Burgher church in 1747. He was minister of the Associate Congregation of the Burgher church, Haddington, 1750-1787, and, from 1768, taught divinity students. Brown published 'An explanation of the Westminster Confession of Faith' (1758); and ' Self-interpreting the Bible' (1778). |
His eldest son, also, Rev John Brown (1754-1832), minister, was educated in Edinburgh, and was minister of the Burgher church in Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, 1776-1832. He married Isabella Cranston. His uncle Ebenezer, fl 1801-1835, was minister of Inverkeithing. Brown wrote several treatises on religion, including, 'Memoirs of James Hervey' (1806).
His eldest son, Dr John Brown ((1784-1858), was educated in Edinburgh and taught school in Fife. He was minister of the Burgher church in Biggar, 1806 and minister of the Relief Church, Boughton Place, Edinburgh, 1822. Brown was professor of exegetics in the Relief college, 1834, and in the United Presbyterian College, 1847. He wrote many religious treatises and epistles.
His son, Dr John Brown (1810-1882), essayist, was educated at Edinburgh High School and Edinburgh University, gaining an MD, 1833 and practised in Edinburgh. He was married to Catherine MacKay. Brown published 'Horae Subsecivae' (1858-1882) and 'Rab and his Friends' 1859.