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The Revivals of the Eighteenth Century


Particularly at Cambuslang, with three sermons by the Rev. George Whitefield


Rev. D. Macfarlan



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In 1742 a great revival started at Cambuslang, a small parish lying about four miles South-East of Glasgow, under the pastoral care of the Rev. William McCulloch. The local church building was too small and in disrepair, so public services were held outdoors on the east side of a deep ravine near the church, scooped out by nature in the form of an amphitheatre. Here, for about a year before "the work" began, Mr McCulloch, preached to crowded congregations on the Sabbath evenings on the doctrine of regeneration and newness of life.

The revival had begun on Thursday 18th February 1742. About fifty persons came under powerful convictions and alarming apprehensions about the state of their souls. Thereafter, many hundreds came to faith in the saving work of Christ available through His death. The work leapt forward again during a visit of George Whitefield. "There were scenes of uncontrollable distress, like a field of battle. All night in the fields, might be heard the voice of prayer and praise." Whitefield concluded, "It far outdid all that I ever saw in America."

This vivid account of the revival account is mainly drawn from the diaries of the Rev. William McCulloch, the minister of the church in Cambuslang and contemporary letters written by many of those whom the revival touched, both lay persons and clergy.