“There are three biographies of which I never tire: Augustine’s, Bunyan’s and Halyburton’s. The first is by far the deepest, the second the richest and the most genial, and with Halyburton I feel great intellectual congruity.”
John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan
Agnew, Andrew, of Lochnaw, Bart, 1850, 479 pages, by Thomas M’Crie the younger
Bavinck, Herman – Biographical Note, 1922, 9. 214, four pages, by Rev. Johannes J. Jansen, D.D., De Bilt, Holland
Blaikie, William Garden, an Autobiography: Recollections of a Busy Life, 1901, 344 pages, edited and with a 9 page introduction by Norman Walker,
Blair, Robert, The Life of Mr. Robert Blair, minister of St. Andrews, containing his autobiography, from 1593-1636: with supplement of his life and continuation of the history of the times, to 1680, 1848, 662 pages, edited by Thomas M’Crie
1877, 597 pages, by Norman Walker
Calvin, John: the Early Years, 1509-1536, 1880, 218 pages, by Thomas M’Crie the younger
Calvin and Servetus, 1825, by William Cunningham, with a four page introduction by editor James Gracie
The best article on the issue of the Genevan civil courts putting the anti-trinitarian blasphemer and fugitive Michael Servetus to death
1880, 194 pages
Robert Lewis Dabney, 1820-1898, HTML, 1998, by Michael Kimmitt, a Banner of Truth article
Sketch of the Dabneys of Virginia: With Some of Their Family Records, Buy 1888, 197 pages, by William H. Dabney
Edwards, Jonathan, no date, 251 pages, written for the American Biography series, by Samuel Miller
Ewing, John, 1759-1802, 1859, by Samuel Miller, a four page biographical reflection in William B. Sprague’s Annals of the American Pulpit, p. 216
Pulpit Eloquence of the Nineteenth Century, 1857, 813 pages, by Henry C. Fish. There is a two page biography of Gaussen on p. 139
The Pulpit Orators of France and Switzerland: Sketches of their Character, 1848, 341 pages, by Robert Turnbull, There is a four page biography of Gaussen on p. 324
The standard history of Girardeau’s life and character. A collection of 14 essays by various authors from Girardeau’s time
A Memorial for Rev. John L. Girardeau, 2012, by W. T. Thompson, 13 paragraphs
“Presbyterians in the South and the Slave: A Study in Benevolence,” in The Confessional Presbyterian, vol. 3, 2007 Buy by Nick Willborn
An excellent historical article chronicling Girardeau’s efforts to minister to the black slaves. Written by one who did his dissertation on Girardeau and is, Lord willing, coming out with the first full length biography of Girardeau.
Jackson, Thomas (Stonewall Jackson)
Dabney, Robert – Thomas J. Jackson (Stonewall Jackson): the Life and Campaigns of, Buy 1866, 742 pages
A classic biography of a Southern general of the Confederate States of America who was remarkable for his devout godliness, unswerving character and Calvinistic convictions. Stonewall said, “My religious belief teaches me to feel as safe in battle as in bed.”
Dabney, Robert – True Courage: a Discourse Commemorative of Lieut. General Thomas J. Jackson, Lk. 12:4,5, 1863, 36 pages, with a Sketch of the Life of Lieut. Gen. T.J. Jackson as an Appendix, 6 pages
Henderson, Alexander, Life of Alexander Henderson, 1846, 66 pages, p. 3, by Thomas M’Crie
A Discourse Commemorative of the Late Dr. Charles Hodge, 1878, 24 pages, by Lyman Atwater
Discourses Commemorative of the Life and Work of Charles Hodge, D.D., LL.D., 1879, 75 pages, by William Paxton, Charles Aiken, Henry Boardman,
Proceedings Connected with the Semi-Centennial Commemoration of the Professorship of the Rev. Charles Hodge, 1872, 142 pages, by Various, including Charles Hodge’s address of response, p. 49, 5 pages
Lincoln, Abraham, 1865, 44 pages, by Charles Hodge
Lyle, John: Remarks on a Paragraph in the Rev. Doctor Davidson’s History of the Presbyterian Church in Kentucky in Reference to the Character of the Late Mr. John Lyle, 1848, 14 pages, by Archibald Alexander
MacLeod was a leading authority on Scottish history and theology. His work is a classic; dense but colorful. Read this first for a short sketch of Kennedy.
Life of John Kennedy, D.D., Buy 261 pages, by Alexander Auld
Memoir of Rev John Kennedy, D.D., of Dingwall, HTML, 1893, 21 paragraphs, from the Inverness Courier
A Prince Among Preachers, An Introduction, 2007, by Neil Ross, scroll down the page a little for the bio
The Prince of Highland Preachers: a Sketch of Dr. John Kennedy of Dingwall, HTML, no date, 17 paragraphs, by anonymous
MacLagan, David, F.R.S.E., 1884, 211 pages, by Norman Walker
M’Crie, Thomas, (the Elder)
Introduction to Lectures upon the Book of Esther, no date, four paragraphs, by Rev. Sherman Isbell
Memoir of Dr. M’Crie, 1840, p. ix, 52 pages, by Andrew Crichton, LL.D.
Notice of M’Crie’s Death with a Brief Biographical Sketch, 1838, p. 75, one paragraph
Here is spiritual encouragement for a long ministry of labor and service to others. M’Donald was an influential minister in the Highlands (northern Scotland) of the early 1800′s, the generation before Kennedy when evangelical lights were few and far in-between. Kennedy records these records so that they will not be forgotten.
A Discourse Commemorative of the Character and Life of the Late Rev. Samuel Miller,1850, by the Rev. Henry A. Boardman, 40 pages
The Intellectual Life of Samuel Miller: The Opening Address of the Session of 1905-1906 at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1906, by John De Witt, a professor at Princeton Seminary, 22 pages
Samuel Miller, 1791-1850, Buy 1858, thirteen pages of biographical reflection on Miller from William Sprague, James Carnahan, and Nicholas Murray including a bibliography, in William B. Sprague’s Annals of the American Pulpit, vol. 3, p. 600
Nisbet, Charles, 1785-1804, by Samuel Miller, a five page biographical reflection in William B. Sprague’s Annals of the American Pulpit, 1858, p. 455
Nisbet, Charles: Late President of Dickinson College, Carlisle,1840, 357 pages, by Charles Hodge
Pascal, Blaise, The Provincial Letters of Blaise Pascal, 1850, 409 pages, translated by Thomas M’Crie, with a 55 page Historical Introduction and Notes by M’Crie. Here is an edition without the Introduction on HTML
Rice, John: First Professor of Christian Theology in Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1835, 412 pages, by William Maxwell.
John Holt Rice was an important southern presbyterian. Here is a window into the correspondence of leading figures in the early 1800′s church.
Rodgers, John: late pastor of the Wall-street and Brick churches in the city of New-York, 1813, 449 pages, by Charles Hodge
Sampson, Francis, 1855, 122 pages, by Robert Dabney
Thornton, John, A Memorial of Lieut. Colonel John T. Thornton, of the Third Virginian Cavalry, C.S.A., 1864, 28 pages, by Robert Dabney
Turner, James, Review of the Memoirs of Sir James Turner, 1823, p. 88, 31 pages, Thomas M’Crie
This is Kennedy’s most well known work, which preserves a glimpse into the deep (somewhat unique) evangelical spirituality of the Highlands from the days before Kennedy. “Ross-shire” is a county (“shire” is a division of land, think Lord of the Rings) in Northern Scotland that is the local area around Dingwall. “Fathers” refers to the revered fathers of the faith of the older generation before Kennedy.
A rich history of early presbyterian ministers in 1700′s America and the revivals that occurred in their time. The “Log College” was the predecessor school to what would culminate in the opening of the first presbyterian seminary in America at Princeton in 1812.
Wilson, Wilson, D.D., 1754-1790, 1859, by Samuel Miller, a three page biographical reflection in William B. Sprague’s Annals of the American Pulpit, vol. 3, p. 17
Wodrow, Robert, The Correspondence of the Rev. Robert Wodrow, vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, 1842/3, 682, 726 & 559 pages, edited by Thomas M’Crie
Zinzendorf, Nicolaus, 1700-1760, 1883, p. 247, 40 pages, in The Evangelical succession: a course of lectures delivered in St. George’s Free Church, by William Binnie