JANE THORBURN ADDIS (Addis-223)
BIRTH. 5 Apr 1860, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
BIRTH. 5 Apr 1860
Scotland Census, 1861:
Scotland Census, 1881:
MARRIAGE. 1887, Alexander Martin, son of Hugh Martin & Elizabeth Jane (Robertson) Martin
(Apr 1900). Amongst the passengers by the steamship Ortona yesterday was Professor Martin, D.D., who is to act as locum tenens for some time at the Toorak Presbyterian Church. Dr. Martin is Professor of Apologetics at the Free Church College, Edinburgh. Professor Martin will be welcomed by the congregation at a social evening to be held in the church hall to-morrow evening at 8 o'clock-. Addresses will be given by the moderator of the presbytery, professors of the Theological Hall, Dr. Marshall and others. The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954)Thursday 26 April 1900, p4 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/196020221
(Jul 1900). A Distinguished Visitor. — The Rev. Professor Alexander Martin, M.A., D.D., of the New College, Edinburgh, who is on a visit to Australia, and is officiating for five months in Toorak Presbyterian Church, Melbourne, is to spend Tuesday next in Albury with the Rev. D. Smith, a college companion. At the request of Mr. Smith,Professor Martin has kindly consented to lecture on Tuesday evening on 'Mazzini, patriot and prophet of the democracy.' The lecture, to which admission will be free by card, obtainable from members of the committee, will be given in the Presbyterian schoolroom, beginning at 8 o'clock. Professor Martin, who was for 13 years the minister of Morningside Free Church, Edinburgh, was appointed to the chair of Apologetics and Pastoral Theology in the New College three years ago. Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW : 1896 - 1938) Friday 20 July 1900, p23 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/99852319/10847341
(Aug 1900). Professor Martin, of New Colloge, Edinburgh, who is on a visit to Brisbane, is the guest of Rev. Thomas and Mrs. Nisbet, St. Paul's manse. Invitations to an at home to meet Professor Martin have been issued for Monday night. Professor Martin is a son of the Rev. Dr. Martin, the author of a very fine book on tho Atonement. He was educated at Edinburgh University, and especially in philosophy was one of the most brilliant students of recent years. He became colleague and successor to the Rev. Mr. Addis, of Morningside, Edinburgh, and built there a very beautiful church. On the resignation of Professor Blaikie, who occupied tho chair of apologetics and pastoral theology in the New College, Edinburgh, Mr. Martin was elected to the vacancy by a very large majority. He has proved a most successful professor, and been distinguished by sympathetic appreciation of the difficulties of modern thought. The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) Saturday 4 August 1900, p5 http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/174139671
(Sep 1900). The Presbyterian dignitary was Dr. Martin, ' Professor of Apologetics and Pastoral Theology ' at Edinburgh University. The professor came out to supply the Toorak pulpit in Melbourne for a time, and has visited also South Australia and Queensland. Naturally, he has had a keen eye for the welfare of his denomination, and his view is that in South Australia its condition is ' almost distressing to contemplate.' In Queensland ' it had not been satisfactory in the past,' but is now gathering strength with a prospect of better days in store. In Victoria, Presbyterianism he found to have been ' pretty well consolidated ' for the past 60 years, and its position to-day as strong as ever. Professor Martin has gone home via Vancouver. The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 - 1912) Saturday 15 September 1900, p612, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/163692176/16788757
DEATH. possibly 1948,
About Spouse: D.D., Professor of Apologetics and Practical Theology, New College, Edinburgh,
Martin, Alexander (1857–1946), Presbyterian theologian and Church leader, was the son of the Rev. Hugh Martin, a well-known Scottish minister and author in his day, and his wife, Elizabeth Jane Robertson. Born at Panbride, Angus, 25 November 1857, he was educated at George Watson's College, the University, and New College, Edinburgh. His student career was exceptionally distinguished: he was awarded the Rhind (1879), Bruce of Grangehill and Falkland's (1880), and Ferguson (1881) scholarships (the last in open competition with candidates from all four Scottish universities), and the Hamilton fellowship (1881). Having graduated M.A. with first class honours in philosophy in 1880, he acted as assistant to Henry Calderwood in the department of moral philosophy, while at the same time pursuing his studies in theology at New College where he was Cunningham fellow in 1883. From 1886 to 1888 he was external examiner in philosophy to the university. In 1884 he was called to the ministry of Morningside Free Church in Edinburgh and after thirteen years there he was appointed professor of apologetics and practical theology in New College in 1897, remaining until 1927. Meanwhile, however, in 1918 he had been appointed principal of the college and continued in this office until 1935. In 1900 he spent five months in Australia, ministering to a church in Melbourne.
Martin was twice moderator of the General Assembly of his Church (1920 and 1929)—a very rare distinction; the second occasion included the first sederunt of the enlarged Assembly after the union of the Church of Scotland and the United Free Church, in the negotiations for which he had played a leading part. Perhaps more than any other single individual on the side of the United Free Church he was responsible for their success. In 1929 also he was appointed a royal chaplain, was made a freeman of the city of Edinburgh, and given the honorary degree of LL.D. in the university (he had already received the honorary degree of D.D. in 1898). He died in Edinburgh 14 June 1946.
Martin attained equal eminence as a teacher and as an ecclesiastic. As the years passed, he became ever more deeply involved in the administrative work of the Church and was always listened to with the greatest respect in the meetings of the General Assembly. He was a man of wise and mature judgement, of fatherly presence, and gracious personality, whose advice was eagerly sought by his former students and others in times and situations of perplexity. To his class-work also he gave a full share of his thought and energy, his theological outlook being of a mediating kind, and deeply evangelical. His published work, however, was limited in quantity—much more limited than he himself had at one time hoped. Apart from pamphlets, mostly dealing with critical stages in the union negotiations, only two published volumes came from his pen—Winning the Soul (1897), a volume of notable and scholarly sermons, and his 1928 Cunningham lectures, The Finality of Jesus for Faith (1933).
In 1887 Martin married Jane Thorburn (died 1948), daughter of the Rev. Dr. Thomas Addis whom he had succeeded at the Morningside Free Church. They had two sons and two daughters. There are two portraits in oils of Martin, both by Henry W. Kerr, one at New College, and the other in the possession of the family. http://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/alexander-martin-presbyterian-leader-470812670
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