Was born in Yester near Edinburgh, Scotland February 5, 1722. Educated at the University of Edinburgh, and, at the age of 21, he was licensed to preach the gospel, and was soon ordained at Beith in the west of Scotland. He lived at Paisley in high reputation and usefulness until he was called to the presidency of Princeton college, having been previously invited to Dundas, Dublin and Rotterdam. He arrived at Princeton in 1768. His name brought an accession of students to the college and its funds much augmented. As he became at once an American on his landing in this country, the citizens of New Jersey, who knew his distinguished abilities, appointed him a member of the convention, which formed the constitution of that state. In 1776 was sent a representation to congress and continued for seven years a member of that illustrious body, always collected, firm and wise. On the restoration of peace, he went to England to promote the interest of the college. He died 1794 in the 72 year of his age. [P. 36.]
Historical Catalogue of the Paintings in the Philadelphia Museum consisting chiefly of Portraits of Revolutionary Patriots and other distinguished characters. 1813.