a celebrated Scotch ecclesiastic and pulpit orator, born at Anstruther, Fife; studied for the Church, and entered the ministry; after he did so was for some years more engrossed with physical studies and material interests than spiritual, but he by-and-by woke up to see and feel that the spiritual interest was the sovereign one, and to the promotion of that he henceforth devoted himself body and soul; it was for the sake of the spiritual he took the interest he did in the ecclesiastical affairs of the nation, and that the Church might have scope and freedom to discharge its spiritual functions was one chief ruling passion of his life, and it is no wonder he bent all his energies on a movement in the Church to secure this object; he was not much of a scholar or even a theologian, but a great man, and a great force in the religious life of his country; though the first pulpit-orator of his day, and though he wrote largely, as well as eloquently, he left no writings worthy of him except the "Astronomical Discourses" perhaps, to perpetuate his memory; he was distinguished for his practical sagacity, and was an expert at organisation; in his old age he was a most benignant, venerable-looking man: "It is a long time," wrote Carlyle to his mother, just after a visit he had paid him a few days before he died - "it is a long time since I have spoken to so good and really pious-hearted and beautiful old man" (1780-1847).

The Nuttall Encyclopaedia. . 1907.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Chalmers, Thomas — ▪ Scottish minister born March 17, 1780, Anstruther, Fife, Scot. died May 30, 1847, Edinburgh  Presbyterian minister, theologian, author, and social reformer who was the first moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.       Chalmers was ordained… …   Universalium

  • CHALMERS, Thomas — (1780 1847)    Scottish theologian and EVANGELICAL preacher whose intellectual defense of Christianity was linked with a strong concern for the poor. He pioneered popular EDUCATION and modern SOCIAL WELFARE. In 1843 he helped found the FREE… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • Chalmers, Thomas —    R Offered, but declines, charge of educational policy in Upper Canada, 37 …   The makers of Canada

  • Chalmers, Thomas — (1780 1847)    Divine, economist, and philanthropist, b. at Anstruther, Fife, s. of a shipowner and merchant, studied at St. Andrews and, entering the ministry of the Church of Scotland, was first settled in the small parish of Kilmeny, Fife, but …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Thomas Chalmers — Thomas Chalmers …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Thomas Chalmers — (March 17, 1780 May 31, 1847), Scottish mathematician and a leader of the Free Church of Scotland, was born at Anstruther in Fife.OverviewAt the age of eleven Chalmers was entered as a student at St Andrews, where he devoted himself almost… …   Wikipedia

  • Thomas Henry Huxley — Woodburytype print of Huxley (1880 or earlier) Born 4 May 1825(1825 05 04) …   Wikipedia

  • Thomas C. Chalmers — Infobox Person image size = 150px birth date = Birth date|1917|12|08 birth place = New York City death date = Death date|1995|12|27 death place = Lebanon, New Hampshire known for = Research into randomized controlled trial and meta analysis… …   Wikipedia

  • Thomas Chalmers (acteur) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Chalmers.  Cet article concerne le chanteur et acteur américain. Pour le théologien écossais (1780 1847), voir Thomas Chalmers. Thomas Chalmers …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Thomas Chalmers — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Chalmers.  Cet article concerne le théologien écossais. Pour le chanteur puis acteur américain (1884 1966), voir Thomas Chalmers (acteur) …   Wikipédia en Français