of SUBSCRIBERS NAMES with 'Maybole' appended, to James McKnight's 1756
publication Harmony of the Four Gospels.
names in eighteenth century books give an insight into the lifestyles of the
inhabitants of towns of the period, occasionally listing their trades or
professions. The cost of this two volume publication was expensive and only
wealthy people would have been able to afford a subscription.
have transcribed only the names of residents of Maybole, others in the vicinity,
i.e. Kirkbryde, Kirkmichael and the names of various farms I have omitted for
reasons of accuracy, in being unable to check that place names are of the area.
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Residents of Maybole in 1756
Thomas Alexander, Merchant.
John Bannerman, Surgeon.
John Bryce, Maltman.
William Butter, Officer of Excise.
Right Hon. John Earl of Cassillis.
David Doig, Master of the Grammar School.
James Fergusson, Writer.
Alexander Girvan, Merchant.
Alexander Girvan Jun.
George Hamilton, Surgeon.
Sir Thomas Kennedy of Culzean.
Alex. KennedyJun., Shoemaker
Thomas M'Fadyean, Postmaster.
James M'Lymont, Merchant.
John M'Murtry School-master.
Thomas M'Murtry, Merchant.
Dav. M'Rorie, Merchant.
Robert Smith, Writer.
JAMES MACKNIGHT, M.A., D.D. Minister of Maybole 1753 - 1769
Born in Irvine in 1721, student at Glasgow & Leyden, officiated as assistant
at Gorbals, Glasgow and Kilwinning, on 22 February 1753 he
was called to Maybole & ordained there on 10 May. Three
years later he published, in London, in two volumes quarto,
A HARMONY OF THE FOUR GOSPELS: IN WHICH The Natural Order of
each is preserved. WITH A PARAPHRASE and NOTES. LONDON:
Printed for the AUTHOR. MDCCLVI.
A second and amended edition appeared in 1763. Rev. McKnight
was the minister at the
wedding of Robert Burns' parents in Maybole, 15th of
December 1757. In 1759 he was awarded D.D. from Edinburgh
University, in 1769 he transferred to Jedburgh, subsequently
transferring to Edinburgh in 1773, where he died in 1800.