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Glasgow University Library, Special Collections, Wylie Collection, Allan & Ferguson

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Allan & Ferguson's views (1843) of the Royal Exchange and the monuments erected in the Necropolis to the memory of William McGavin and Dr John Dick.

William McGavin (1773-1832) was a businessman who became an independent preacher and "controversialist." Nicknamed "The Protestant" he was successfully sued by the Roman Catholic Church in 1821 for libel. He was buried at Wellington Street Chapel but his statue, by the sculptor Robert Forrest (who carved the statue on the Knox Monument), was erected by public subscription in the Necropolis.

John Dick was a minister of Greyfriars' United Secession Church and a Professor of Theology in the United Secession Church Synod. His monument was designed by Robert Black (c 1800-69) and erected by the congregation in 1838.

Reference: Sp Coll Bh12-y.14

Glasgow University Library, Special Collections

anti-Catholicism, churches, controversialists, Greyfriars United Secession Church, ministers, monuments, Necropolis, preachers, professors, Roman Catholicism, Royal Exchange, sculptures, statues, United Secession Church Synod

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