Burns, William C.

William C. Burns

1815 – 1868

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Burns was an influential Free Church of Scotland evangelist to Canada and China, and was a friend to Robert M. M’Cheyne and Hudson Taylor.  Taylor looked up to him as a spiritual mentor.




William C. Burns on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel



The Complete Works of William Chalmers Burns – From 1839 – 1875: From the Original Printings, Sermons, Tracts, and Letters with his Personal Accounts of the Revival in 1839, 2011, 414 pages, edited by Peter-John Parisis and R. Dale Link

Notes of Addresses by the Late Rev. William C. Burns,  Buy  1869, 235 pages, edited by M.F. Barbour.  These are included in the Complete Works above.




Anonymous – A Brief Sketch of William C. Burns, no date, 3 paragraphs, from the book Days of Grace in Manchuria, on the Tentmaker Books website, where you can also purchase Burns’ Memoirs

Anonymous – William Chalmers Burns, no date, 16 paragraphs, from the Wicket Gate, issue 92

Hamilton, Ian – W.C. Burns, no date, 7 paragraphs

This is an adaptation of Hamilton’s entry on Burns in the Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, on the Banner of Truth website.

Islay Burns – Memoir of the Rev. Wm. C. Burns, Misisonary to China from the English Presbyterian Church,  Buy  1873, 403 pages

This is the definitive biography of Burns, written by his brother, also a Free Church minister.