ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE – The youngest child of the family, Robert M’Cheyne was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 21, 1813. His father was Adam M’Cheyne. writer to the Signet. At the age of four years, he taught himself to name and to write the Greek alphabet, while recovering from an illness. In October, 1821, he entered high school; November, 1827, the University of Edinburgh, and the winter of 1831, he commenced his studies in the Divinity Hall. The death of his eldest brother David, made a deep impression upon him. He looked upon this event as the means that awoke him from the sleep of nature.
The Presbytery of Annan licensed him to preach the gospel on July 1, 1835. He was ordained a minister November 24, 1836, of St. Peter’s Church, Dundee. This was his only pastorate, which he held until his death. The following Sunday he preached for the first time as a Pastor from Isaiah 61:1-3. This sermon was a means of awakening many souls. To keep up the remembrance of this solemn day, he would in the years that followed, preach from the same text on the anniversary of his ordination. He died on March 25, 1842, at the age of 29 years.
Only a few of M’Cheyne’s sermons were published during his lifetime. His well known biography was written by his friend, Andrew Bonar, Memoir and Remains of R.M. M’Cheyne.