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GREGG, William, Canadian educator, born in Killycreen, County Donegal, Ireland, 5 July, 1817. He was graduated from Glasgow College in 1843, and Edinburgh University, where he took the degree of M. A. in 1844. Subsequently he studied theology in the College of the Free Church at Edinburgh, and was licensed to preach in February, 1846. Immediately afterward he was sent as a missionary to Canada, and in June, 1847, was ordained minister of the John Street Presbyterian Church, Belleville. He retained this pastorate till July, 1857, when he became pastor of Cooke's Church, Toronto, and remained there till July, 1872. In 1864 he was appointed lecturer in apologetics in Knox College. Toronto, and taught the theological classes in the Montreal Presbyterian College during part of its first session in 1867. In 1872 he was appointed professor of apologetics in Knox College, which chair he still occupies, and also conducts the classes in Church history. He was moderator of the Free Church of Canada in 1861, when the union was effected between it and the United Presbyterian Church of that country. He has edited " Prayers for Family Worship" (Toronto, 1873), and is the author of a "History of the Presbyterian Church in Canada" (1885).
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