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Hadow, James, ? 1670-1747, Principal, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Biographical Information

Occupation, Sphere of Activity

James Hadow was born in the parish of Douglas, Lanarkshire, probably before 1670. He may have been the same James Hadow who published two Latin theses at Utrecht in 1685 and 1686 and who was educated abroad. He was ordained minister of the 'second' charge of Cupar-Fife in 1692, and transferred to the 'first' 30 October 1694. He became Professor of divinity in St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews, 5 April 1699, and Principal in 1707.

Hadow was involved in very many public controversies in the church. In 1720, he took a leading part in the Marrow controversy which bore on the views contained in "The Marrow of Modern Divinity," published in England by Edward Fisher in 1645. In 1720, Hadow presided over a sub-committee for preserving purity of doctrine. Six so-called antinomian paradoxes were extracted from the work, on the subject of the sins of a believer. On 20 May 1720, an act of assembly was passed condemning the book, and instructing ministers to warn their people not to read it. Some of the "Marrowmen" seceded, but the rest, after a time, were silently permitted to promulgate their views. Hadow acted against John Simson, Professor of Divinity at Glasgow University, who, being accused of Socinian views, was suspended from his Professorship in 1729. He died on 4 May 1747.


Hadow's son, George Hadow, was Professor of Hebrew in St Mary's College, University of St Andrews

Other Significant Information

Notable publications:

The Record of God and Duty of Faith, ( 1719)

The Antinomianism of the Marrow of Modern Divinity detected, ( 1721)

An Inquiry into Mr. Simson's Sentiments about the Trinity from his Papers in Process, ( 1730)

A Vindication of the Learned and Honourable Author of the History of the Apostles' Creed, from the false Sentiment which Mr. Simson has injuriously imputed to him, ( 1731)

Honours, Qualifications and Appointments

1699: Professor of Divinity in St. Mary's College, University of St. Andrews

1707-1747: Principal of St Mary's College, University of St Andrews


List of sources for the biographical information:

Harrison, B. (editor), Dictionary of National Biography, ( University Press, 1995)

Rules or Conventions

Authority record created according to the National Council on ArchivesRules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names (NCA Rules)1997 and International Council on Archives: Ad Hoc Committee on Descriptive StandardsInternational Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families (ISAAR)CPF1995.

Author and Date of Biographical History

Personal name authority record compiled for the GASHE project by John O'Brien, Glasgow University Archive Services, 9 August 2002