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Reverend GEORGE LYON,
Late Minister of the Gospel at Strathmigh.
Ivtr GEORGE LYON was son to Mr James Lyon, minister of the Gospel at Blairgowrie, descended of a younger branch of the noble family of Strathmore. His mother's name was Allison Gillespie, daughter of the late Mr George Gillespie, his immediate predecessor. Mr Gillespie, whose character was universally respected, was descended of very worthy and honourable ancestors. He was grandson to the gentleman of the same name, who was one of the members from Scotland, of the famous Assembly of Divines which. met at Westminster.
The Author of the following Sermons was born the 17th day of February 1729. He was educated at the grammar-school of Dundee, . and studied at the university of St Andrews31.. 2. * Hfc
He was licensed to preach in the year 1752; and, soon aster, he came to StrathSiiglo to visit his grandfather, who being then in an insirm and declining state of health, kept him as his assistant. While he officiated in that capacity, the congregation discovered a very strong attachment to him; and the proper steps having been taken, with the consent and cordial approbation of Mr Gillespie, he was ordained as his assistant and successor in May 1754, to the great satisfaction of the whole parish. Mr Gillespie died about two years after, in the 56th year •f his ministry.
In the year 1757, he married Sophia Marshall, youngest daughter of the reverend David Marshall,' late minister of the gospel In Kirkaldy, who survives him, and by whom he had several children. His eldest son, James,. a very promising young man, died at St Andrews, where he was studying divinity, in the year 1782. In the year 1779, his second son David went out in the Loyalist privateer of Greenock, which ship, after she sailed from Greenock, was never afterwards heard of;—it is believed she
foundered fdundered at sea. Two sons and three daughters are still alive.
He continued minister of Strathmiglo till his death, which happened very unexpectedly on the 16th February 1793. He was in his ordinary .state of health on the morning of the day on wliich he died. After family worship, a duty which he regularly performed, he complained of a pain in 'his temples, and in a sew minutes he appeared to be altogether insensible.. Medical assistance was immediately procured, and every mean of recovery was attempted in vain. He died about 7 o'clock in the evening, to the inexpressible grief of his congregation, and much and sincerely regreted by aH who were honoured with his acquaintance. .
The great outlines of his character were4, servent piety towards God, unaffected simplicity of manners,. and uiideviaang integri^ ty of heart. . The natural effects of these, were great respectability as a minister of the gospel, the affection and esteem-cf his family and friends, together with steadiness and uniformity in his public -conduct'. . The modesty of his nature prevented him from disa,3 F^y1"^ playing the powers of his mind; but whenhis duty required it, he never failed to exert them. Hence, in every important action of his lise, he enjoyed the peculiar selicity of . making the principles of his conduct conspicuous and apparent y and the principles of his conduct he never needed to conceal.
He possessed that uninterrupted equanimi-. ty of temper which made him bear injury without resentment, and that amiable gentleness of disposition which disposed him on every occasion to think favourably, and to . speak favourably of mankind.. It pleased: God to bring his faith to the touchstone; and in the greatest trials of his lise, he.con* dpicuoufly illustrated the doctrines of meekness and. resignation, which • he constantly. taught.
We cannot better conclude'.this short account of his lise and character, than by some extracts• from sermons, preached by the Reverend Mr Martin of Monimail, from Job v. 26...soon aster our Author's death,. and from Zech. i. 5. on the occasion of introducing^ his son as, his successor.