George Hill, D.D.


Preached at the Opening of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, May 20, 1790.

Psalm xxii. 27, 28.

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord; and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.  For the kingdom is the Lord's; and he is the Governor among the nations.






George Hill, D.D.

F.R.S. Ed.

Principal of St. Mary's College in the University of St. Andrew,

One of the Ministers of that City, and One of His Majesty's Chaplains in Ordinary for Scotland.



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George Hill (1750-1819), born in St. Andrews, Scotland, became an eminent Reformed minister and educator.  The son of a minister in St. Andrews, Hill graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 1764, and in 1787, St. Andrews awarded him the Doctor of Divinity degree.  At the age of twenty-two, St. Andrews appointed him to a professorship in Greek, which he held for sixteen years alongside his ministerial duties.  In 1788, St. Andrews appointed him professor of divinity in St. Mary's College, and in 1791, the University promoted him to the position of principal in St. Mary's College.


Hill was an eloquent speaker and successful literary figure, and he published several books and essays.  In addition to his Sermons (1796), his publications included Lectures upon Portions of the Old Testament (1812), Theological Institutes (1817), and Lectures on Divinity, 3 vols. (1821).


In his 1790 "Sermon XIV," Hill challenges the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to the universal spread of the Christian message.  Only two years, later, William Carey published his famous essay An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens, which argues for the same outcome as Hill's sermon.


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