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LANG, Gavin, Canadian clergyman, born in Glasford, Lanarkshire, Scotland, in July, 1835. He was graduated at the University of Glasgow, licensed to preach in 1864, and served as assistant minister at the parish church in that city. In 1865 he became pastor at Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, where he remained five years, and then was for a short time pastor of his father's church at Glasford. In 1870 he succeeded Reverend Alexander Mathieson as pastor of St. Andrew's Presbyterian church, Montreal. When the union between the adherents of the Free church and the Established church in Canada was proposed, the scheme was strongly opposed by Mr. Lang, and when the union was consummated in 1875 he was one of the three ministers that stood aloof, claiming to remain still the Presbyterian church of Canada, in connection with the Church of Scotland. When the United church applied for confirmatory legislation from the Dominion parliament, Mr. Lang appeared before the private bills committee and strenuously opposed the measure, which was, however, passed. He is now (1887) a professor in Dalhousie college, N.B. He is an impressive preacher, and has for years taken an active part in the proceedings of the Evangelical alliance.
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