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The subject of the following memoir was born at Gate side, in the parish of Douglas, Lanarkshire, December 22, I756. His father's name was James Mackinlay, and his mother's Grace Wilson. They had six children, John, Robert, Marion, James, George, and William. His father was an elder of the Church, and both his parents were distinguished for their deep and fervent piety. Hav ing dedicated their children to the Lord by baptism, they were mindful of their solemn vows, and endeavoured, with the utmost earnestness and perseverance, to instruct their children in the knowledge of the truth, and instil into their minds the principles and sentiments which alone can guide us safely through time, and bring us at last to glory. All the members of the family were well grounded in the Shorter Catechism, trained to read the Bible, and accustomed, morniug and evening, to draw near to the throne of grace. All of them had certain places.
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