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MANUSCRIPTS OF THE REVEREND JOHN BROWN OF HADDINGTON
- Ref No: EL81
- Repository: East Lothian Archive Service
- Date: c.1750s-c.1780s
- Description: Manuscript of "The Dictionary of the Holy Bible"; Manuscript of "Explanation of the Principal Metaphors Used in Scriptures, Scripture Key Part 1"; Manuscript of "Scripture Key Part 2 A View of the Prophecies therin contained concerning Adam and Noah and their families"; Manuscript of "Scripture Key Part 3 Metaphors Explained"; Manuscript of "Short Catechism for Young Children Before learning the Shorter Catechism"; "Tracts for Self Improvement"
- AdminHistory: A famous and influential figure in the history of Haddington, the Reverend John Brown was born in Carpow in Abernethy. Orphaned at the age of 11, he educated himself while working as a shepherd. Not only did he pick up reading and writing but he also went on to learn Greek, Latin and Hebrew. He worked as a schoolmaster and was a soldier in the defence against the Jacobites before becoming a preacher. He was the first student of divinity for the burgher branch of the secessionist church he was ordained and preached at Haddington where he lived until his death. A prolific author as well as being an inspirational preacher he wrote several texts on religion which were widely popular and it was said that there was hardly a house that did not have a copy of his most famous work - the Self Interpreting Bible. Robert Burns himself makes mention of Brown's literary talent in his poem 'An epistle to James Tennant' when he says 'My shins, my lane, I sit here roastin' Perusing Bunyan, Brown and Boston, As well as Burns, Brown is also said to have met and influenced two further famous Scots - the poet Robert Fergusson who he met in Haddington cemetery and the philosopher David Hume who said Brown preached ' as though Christ were at his elbow'
- PreviousNumbers: EL192
- Extent: 0.014
- Level: Fonds
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