Notes from  “The Kirk above Dee Water, Rev H M B Reid (1895).

 The Last words of the Rev Mr John Macmillan on his death bed, November 1753” .. Prayer being ended, he inquired where that word was, ‘Yea, mine own God is He ?’ and being told it was the last line of the xlii. Psalm in metre, he caused the verse to be read, and said, ‘Yes, I know and am assured of it—yea, mine own God is He.’ He then complained he had no feeling in the little finger of the left hand. Another went to perform worship, and be ordered to sing in the xci. Psalm to the tenth verse and caused read the four last Verses of the xcii. Psalm.

 “After prayer was over, being now past midnight, he said he thought he had no feeling in the left hand, so sensible was he of life departing from the extremities of his body. Upon which, it being said to him, that as he had been desirous of his departure and to be ever with the Lord, so it seemed to be evident that the time of his change was at hand, he cheerfully replied that he could welcome the King of Terrors, as a messenger sent from his Heavenly Father, to bring him to the mansions of glory, and added, ‘Lord, I have waited for Thy Salvation’

 “The last words which he was heard to speak, within a few minutes of his last breath, were, ‘ My Lord, my God, my Redeemer, yea, mine own God is He:’ and the few minutes remaining after he ceased speaking, he was observed to be in a praying and praising disposition. And after he had fully finished his course, with a pleasant countenance, his eyes lifted up, and his right hand a little raised up to heaven, he willingly resigned up his soul to his beloved and faithful Saviour.

 “Thus comfortably and joyfully he resigned his soul to God, in the eighty-fourth year of his age, on Saturday, the 20th day of November (os.), 1753.

From a very rare pamphlet—” Observations on a Wolf in a Sheepskin,” published 1753. and written by C, U., ie Charles Umpherston, surgeon in Pentland See Reformed Presbyterian Magazine, vol. fur 1871, page 279.

 MACMILLAN’S EPITAPH IN DALSERF.—The monument, which is about to be repaired, is four-square, and has the following inscriptions:

 East Side—A public tribute to the memory of the Rev. John Macmillan, minister of Balmaghie in Galloway, and after­wards first minister to the United Societies in Scotland, adhering at the Revolution to the whole Covenanted Reformation in Britain and Ireland, attained between 1638 and 1649. An exemplary Christian: a devoted minister; and a faithful witness to the Cause of Christ died December First, 1753, aged eighty-four.

Look unto Abraham your father; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him—Isa. Ii. 2.

 North Side—Mr Macmillan acceded to the Societies in 1707. The Reformed Presbytery was constituted in 1743; and the Synod of thc Reformed Presbyterian Church in Scotland in 1811.

Hitherto hath the Lord helped us-—i Sam, vii. 12.

 South Side—Erected at the grave of Mr Macmillan by the Inhabitants of the surrounding Country of all denomina­tions, who testified their respect to his much venerated memory, by attending and liberally contributing, at a Sermon Preached on the spot, September eighth, 1839, by the Rev. A. Symington, D.D., Paisley.

Why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, lieth waste.— Nehemiah ii. 3.

 West Side—Mr Macmillan was succeeded in the ministry by his son, the Rev. John Macmillan of Sandhills, near Glasgow, who died February Sixth, 1808, aged seventy-nine; aud by his grand-son, the Rev. John Macmillan, of Stirling, who died October Twentieth, 1818, aged sixty-eight. These preached the same Gospel, and ably advo­cated the same public cause, adorning it with their lives, and bequeathing to it their Testimony and the Memory of the Just.

Instead of thy fathers should be thy children. — Psalm xli. i6. 

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