Gillies, John; Bonar, Horatius. Historical Collections relating to Remarkable Periods of the Success of the Gospel. Published originally in 1754, and now reprinted with a Preface and Continuation to the Present Time. Kelso: John Rutherfurd, 1845.
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No. 2358 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "A truly wonderful work (first edition)...Bonar's additions make this an even more splendid work." It is no. 3929 in his Whitefield in print, where he adds, "Perhaps the most splendid volumes of their kind ever compiled." (note to the 2-vol. first edition).
"John Gillies was born in the manse of Careston, near Brechin in 1712. His first pastorate was at the College Church, Glasgow, a work he assumed in July of 1742. Here he remained for the next fifty-four years. His labors were prodigious: in addition to preaching three times every Sunday, Gillies preached to his own large congregation three times during the week, published a weekly paper, and wrote some of the most important revival volumes ever published. He died in the midst of manifold spiritual blessings on March 29th, 1796." - Roberts, Whitefield in Print: A Bibliographic Record of Works By, For, and Against George Whitefield.
John Gillies (1712-1796), evangelical Church of Scotland minister who served his whole ministry in the College (Blackfriars) Church in Glasgow. "He is best known for his lengthy and influential pastoral ministry and his literary works - he preached three times each Sunday and for a time delivered mid-week lectures from which he published a weekly extract called Exhortation to the...South Parish of Glasgow. He sought to guide his people into true devotion free from the excesses of enthusiasm...In 1754 he issued his groundbreaking history of revival, Historical Collections Relating to...the Success of the Gospel, which helped prepare the soil for the Scottish revivals of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries...he was free from the prejudice of party spirit and opened his pulpit to John Wesley and George Whitfield. He enjoyed Whitefield's friendship and wrote the first account of his life, Memoirs of the Rev. G. Whitefield...he was also an important member of an international evangelical letter-writing network involving Jonathan Edwards, Philip Doddridge, John Erskine, and others." - Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology.