Andrew DONALDSON  a persecuted minister.

Ecclesiae Scoticanae, H Scott (1915) rev 1917, 1920
vol 5 p13 Dalgety, 1644

Perth about I618; educated at Univ. of St Andrews; MA.(5th June 1638)
Licen, by Presb. of Perth on or about 12th  Jan. 1641; adm.
min. here 28th Aug. 1644 pres. by Charles I. 11th Feb. 1645. From 3rd Aug.
1645 to 7th Jan. 1646 he was in England, having been app. by the Committee
of the Provincial Assembly to accompany Lord Dunfermline’s Regiment. In
taking leave of his congregation he exhorted them” to seik the Lord in his
absence, and to learne more and more to be gracious, by a cairful walking
under the meanes, promising them, in name of the Presbytrie, that every
Lord’s day they suld be supplied, during his absence in England, which the
Presbytrie had bound themselves to do. And the Sessione being met,John
Henderson, ruling elder, was appointed to wait weiklie on the Presbytrie,
that the congregatione be not frustrat. And the minister chairged the
elders to be diligent and cairful in everything during his absence as they
will be answerable to Christ their Master, and so he takes leave of the
Sessione, and calls upon God.” 

No preaching, however, took
place all the five months D. was away, because “immediately after his
removale the enemie came to the bounds, and for ane month after that
lamentable fight at Kilsyth, ministers durst not hazard almost to keep a
presbytrie, or come abroad, and it pleased the Lord to visit this 
congregation with pestilence, so that the Presbytrie could not safelie
come heir to preach.” He was a member of Commission of Assembly in 1648;
app. Chaplain in theArmy11th May 1649; joined the Protesters in 1651 and
for a time was protected by Charles, Earl of Dunfermline; dep. by the
Bishop of Dunkeld 4th Oct. 1664 for his opposition to Episcopacy. A party
of soldiers was sent to eject him after the congregation had assembled for
worship, but he was allowed to proceed with the service and “all outbreak,
or tumult was prevented.” Soon afterwards the Earl of Dunfermline having
heard in London of D`s deposition obtained a royal warrant authorising him
to resume his ministry, but to this Archbishop Sharp stoutly objected.
Although decreet was passed against him and others 16th July 1671, D.
continued to preach at his own house and at conventicles till letters of
intercommuning were issued, 3rd Aug. 1676, when he removed to 
Inverkeithing. There he preached to his family and others on Sunday
evenings, but was seized while in his bed and taken to the prison at
Linlithgow, where he remained till 26th Aug. 1679 when a bond of security
was given in his behalf by the heritors and parishioners of his old
parish, to which he was granted an indulgence by the Privy Council 18th
Dec. following.

 He returned at the
Toleration and was restored by Act of Parliament 25th April 1690; died
(having suffered from paralysis for some years) after 2nd Nov. 1693. He
marr..(l) 7th June 1648 Helen, daugh. of James Hamilton of Meikle Parklie,
and Isabella, daugh. of William Mauld, merchant burgess, Edinburgh, and
had issue Alexander, born 1649; Elizabeth, born 1652: (2) Beatrix
Chalmers, who died at Inverkeithing 10th Oct. 1743, and had issue Beatrice
(marr. Alexander Stedman, min. of Beath); Helen (marr. 20th Jan. 1682,
Henry Mackie, Chamberlain to Sir Peter Halket of Pitfirrane) ; Andrew.