Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Heugh, Hugh

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HEUGH, HUGH, D.D. (1782–1846), presbyterian divine, was the son of the Rev. John Heugh (1731–1810), minister of View- field Associate Church, Stirling, and grandson of the Rev. John Heugh, A.M. (1688–1731), parish minister of Kingoldrum, Forfarshire. His father was for some time professor of ethics to the antiburgher synod, now absorbed in the united presbyterian church. He was born at Stirling in 1782, and was ordained as colleague to his father on 14 Aug. 1806. Heugh took part in the negotiations during 1818 to 1820, which led to the union of the two branches of the secession church, and was moderator of the general associate synod in 1819. In September 1821 he was translated to the charge of a new congregation that had been founded in Regent Place, Glasgow. He was one of the pioneers of the home and foreign mission schemes in connection with the secession church, and his congregation became one of the largest of that body in Glasgow. The degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by the college of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in 1831. In May 1834 he was one of the deputation appointed by the united secession church to attend the meeting of the English congregational union at London. He died 10 June 1846. In the records of the kirk session of Regent Place, where his death is referred to, he is described as ‘illustrious for his piety, wisdom, devotedness, liberality, and zealous and unwearied exertions for the support and extension of the cause of Christ.’ A memoir of Heugh was published by his son-in-law, the Rev. Hamilton M. Macgill, D.D., together with his select works (2 vols. 8vo, 1850; 2nd edition, 1852). His principal works were: 1. ‘The Spirit of the Gospel amidst Religious Differences’ (preached before the general associate synod, 1819). 2. ‘Christian Liberty.’ 3. ‘Importance of Early Piety,’ Glasgow, 1826. 4. ‘Synodical Addresses on Missions and Revivals.’ 5. ‘The Voluntary Controversy’ (pamphlets). 6. ‘Notices of the State of Religion in Geneva and Belgium,’ Glasgow, 1844. 7. ‘Irenicum, an Inquiry into the real amount of the differences alleged to exist in the Synod of the Secession Church on the Atonement and Doctrines connected with it.’ 8. ‘Statement of Principles.’ 9. ‘Christian Beneficence,’ &c.

[McKelvie's Annals and Statistics of the United Presb. Church; McKerrow's Hist. of Secession Church; Macgill's Memoir of Dr. Heugh; Hew Scott's Fasti Eccl. Scot. (for account of grandfather, John Heugh); Hist. Memoranda of Regent Place United Presb. Church, 1869; private information.]

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