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Dalrymple, The Rev William (1723 — 1814)

William Dalrymple was the younger son of the Sheriff-Clerk of Ayr, James Dalrymple. He was licensed to preach in 1745, and became junior minister of Ayr Parish in 1746, where he remained so for 10 years. In June 1756, however, he was, preferred to the first Ministry. Burns's father, William Burnes, sat under Dalrymple, no doubt approving of the mild flavour of liberalism which modified the minister's Calvinism, though never brought him into conflict with the orthodox. Dalrymple baptised Robert Burns when the poet was one day old. In 1779, St Andrews University conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity on Dalrymple, and in 1781 he became Moderator of the General Assembly. Dalrymple at one time owned the estate of Mount Charles, and was an uncle of Burns's lawyer friend Robert Aiken.

In 'The Twa Herds' Burns depicted Dalrymple as having been 'lang' the 'fae' of the Auld Licht faction, and in 'The Kirk's Alarm' Burns called him 'D'rymple mild, D'rymple mild'.

Dalrymple contributed the ariticle on Ayr Parish to Sir John Sinclair's Statistical Account.

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