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Thomas Halyburton

1674-1712. Scottish theologian. Born near Perth, son of a Presbyterian minister ejected in 1662 for nonconformity, he was educated at Rotterdam and at St. Andrews University, was minister of Ceres (1700-10), then became professor of divinity at St. Andrews two years before his early death. Halyburton was a champion of Reformed theology in the controversy over Deism, and this prompted his chief work which was reissued in 1865 as Essay on the Ground of Formal Reason of a Saving Faith. His other writings include Memoirs which have been frequently reprinted. Archibald Alexander of Princeton spoke most highly of Halyburton, who was regarded by others as one of Scotland's greatest theologians.