Pastor of Kilsyth: The Life and Times of W. H. Burns

Islay Burns

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The Pastor of Kilsyth introduces us to the life and ministry of William Hamilton Burns (1779– 1859), the father of the better known preacher and missionary to China William Chalmers Burns (1815–68). Islay Burns first said that he aimed to introduce his readers to a ‘humble, unobtrusive, loving, cheerfully serious, and quietly conscientious country clergyman.’

This really is an excellent little biography. It is a perfect remedy to our celebrity driven age. Yes, we need towering leaders like Calvin and Knox, but we need to be reminded of the beauty, dignity and ultimately the glory of humble, obscure Christian service (Matt. 10:42). This wonderfully written biography of W.H. Burns will help you remember.


  • Pages: 312
  • Type: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9781848718715
  • Published: Sept. 2019