See also:born on the 3oth of
See also:January 1813, at Comrie,
See also:Perthshire, where his
See also:father, the Rev .
See also:Gilfillan, the author of some theological
See also:works, was for many years
See also:minister of a
See also:congregation . After an
See also:education at
See also:Glasgow . University, in
See also:March 1836 he was ordained pastor of a Secession congregation in Dundee . He published a
See also:volume of his discourses in 1839, and shortly afterwards another
See also:sermon on " Hades," which brought him under the
See also:scrutiny of his co-presbyters, and was ultimately withdrawn from circulation . Gilfillan next contributed a series of sketches of celebrated contemporary authors to the Dumfries
See also:Herald, then edited by
See also:Aird; and these, with several new ones, formed his first Gallery of
See also:Literary Portraits, which appeared in 1846, and had a wide circulation . It was quickly followed by a Second and a Third Gallery . In 1851 his most successful
See also:work, the Bards of the Bible, appeared . His aim was that it should be " a poem on the Bible "; and it was far more rhapsodical than critical . His Martyrs and Heroes of the Scottish
See also:Covenant appeared in 1832, and in 1856 he produced a partly autobiographical, partly fabulous,
See also:History of a Man . For
See also:thirty years he was engaged upon a long poem, on
See also:Night, which was published in 1867, but its theme was too vast, vague and unmanageable, and the result was a failure . He also edited an edition of the
See also:British Poets .
As a lecturer and as a preacher hedrew large crowds, but his literary reputation has not proved permanent . He died on the 13th of
See also:August 1878 . He had just finished a new
See also:life of Burns designed to accompany a new edition of the works of that poet .
GILES (GIL, GILLES), ST
GILGAL (Heb. for " circle " of sacred stones)
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