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George Buist (minister)

George Buist (minister)

George Buist (20 March 1779 – 1860) was a Scottish minister of the Church of Scotland who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1848.[1] He was Professor of Church History at the University of St Andrews.


Falkland Church
The grave of Very Rev George Buist, St Andrews Cathedral graveyard

He was born on 20 March 1779 near Kettle in Fife, the son of Margaret Low and her husband, George Buist, a farmer.

He studied Divinity at the University of St Andrews and the University of Edinburgh.[2]

He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of he Church of Scotland of Cupar in 1801 and began his ministry at Falkland in central Fife. He was translated to St Andrews in 1813, as second charge under Rev Robert Haldane. He was given a chair in Church History at St Andrews University the following year. Still acting as professor he was given the principal charge of the cathedral church in 1823. He served as Moderator of the General Assembly in 1848.[3]

In 1841 he was living at Lawpark: a villa in St Andrews.[4]

He died in St Andrews on 11 April 1860.[5] He is buried in the churchyard of St Andrews Cathedral. The grave lies to the south-west of the central tower.


His uncle was Rev John Buist of Tannadice (1754-1845).[6] John's son (George's cousin) was the journalist George Buist.

In 1805 George married Margaret Fernie (1783-1854), daughter of William Fernie of Tillywhanland.[3] They had seven children the eldest being Lt George Buist of the Bengal Cavalry (1807-1842) killed in Afghanistan.[2]


  • Accounts of St Andrews and St Leonards


  1. "Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland genealogy project". geni_family_tree. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  2. "Rev George Buist, Professor Of Church History, St. Mary's College b. 20 Mar 1779 Kettle, Fife, Scotland d. 11 Apr 1860: Dalrymple Crescent Families". Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  3. Scott, Hew; Macdonald, D. F. (Donald Farquhar); Macdonald, Finlay A. J. (24 February 1915). "Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae : the succession of ministers in the Church of Scotland from the reformation". Edinburgh : Oliver and Boyd via Internet Archive.
  4. 1841 census of Scotland
  5. Dundee Advertiser 20 April 1860
  6. "Bio" (PDF). Retrieved 24 February 2020.

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