A Kirk Disrupted
Charles Cowan MP and the Free Church of Scotland
Charles Cowan, advocate of science, art, and social science, spent thirteen years as a Member of Parliament and over thirty years as a founding member and advocate of the Sustention Fund Committee of the newly formed Free Church of Scotland. He was a hugely influential figure in that nation during the 19th century.
Within fifty years the fledgling denomination had built 730 new churches, 400 manses, 500 schools and a new theological college, in addition to paying the salaries of all its clergy through its Sustentation Fund. Cowan’s legacy is deeply felt in the country of Scotland and the church today.
“This book, with its detailed yet highly readable story, sets the pattern for others to follow. It is high-class biography, accurate and broad in scope, yet immensely interesting and informative.” — Allan Harman, Research Professor of Old Testament, Presbyterian Theological College, Melbourne, Australia
“Don MacLeod has used a wealth of primary sources to recreate the life of a leading lay champion of the Free Church of Scotland.” — David Bebbington, Professor of History, University of Stirling, Stirling
“In telling this tale, Macleod has vividly brought to life the story of a man who was gregarious and generous. This book is a splendid example of the best kind of history.”
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— Sam McKinstry, Professor of Business and Financial History, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley
About the Author
A. Donald MacLeod is Research Professor of Church History at Tyndale Theological Seminary, Toronto, Ontario. He is married to Judith and they have two sons and 5 grandchildren. His website is www.adonmacleod.com