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Minister of the Gospel.

Biographical Sketch from Covenanter.Org

Born in Elie, May, 1642. After the usual prepatory studies, he was sent to the College of Edinburgh, where he distinguished himself in the several classes. He devoted his life to the ministry and the cause of the church of his fathers. This devotion was greatly manifested by his attendance upon Mr. James Guthrie, minister of Stirling, on the scaffold of martyrdom, 1661. In 1666, in consequence of some copies of the Apologetical Relation, a work (penned by John Brown, of Wamphray) hated by the prelates, and condemned by the Privy Council to the flames, found in his home, he was obliged with his mother and brother to go into hiding. It is reported that Robert Traill was in arms with the Covenanters when they were routed at Pentland Hills. Because of this, he found it necessary to flee to Holland, where his father was already, in 1667. Sometime around 1669, he returned to London and commenced his ministry there. In 1677, while visiting Scotland, he was apprehended and arraigned before the Privy Council. He refused to clear himself by their unlawful oath and was, upon little evidence, sentenced to imprisonment on the Bass rock. He was released after three months and returned to London where he continued to officiate as pastor of a Presbyterian congregation until his death, in May, 1716.

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Six Sermons from Galatians II.21.

Sermon on "By What Means Ministers May Best Win Souls."

Sermon on Hebrews XII.29.

Sermon on Isaiah LXIII.16.

Three Sermons on Matthew VII.13,14. - 1 2 3 -

Sermon on Ephesians III.8.

Sermon on Philippians II.12,13.

Sermon on 1 Corinthians II.10.

Two Sermons on Hebrews VI.4,5,6. - 1 - 2 -

Stedfast Adherence to the Profession of Our Faith: 22 Sermons

Sermon 12: Believing God's promises respecting Eternal Life and the Kingdom of Christ.

Sermon 13: The Duty, Necessity, & Blessing of Christian Fellowship.

Other Works

A Vindication of the Protestant Doctrine Concerning Justification, and of its Preachers and Professors, from the Unjust Charge of Antinomianism.

Items from his Father

A Letter from a Father to his Children, 1665.