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MACMILLANITE, n. Also curtailed form MacMillan. One of the old Cameronian remnant of the United Societies, adherents of the principles of the Covenants in opposition to the majority of the Church of Scotland after 1688, who followed the Rev. John MacMillan, minister of Balmaghie in Kcb., deposed for his sympathies with these principles in 1703, and were hence called MacMillan's Folk. This body later became the Reformed Presbyterian Church, q.v. See Cameronian.Sc. 1713 R. Wodrow Analecta (M.C.) II. 234:
These five bretheren alledge that they have gained much ground of the Hebronites [Hepburnites] and M'Millanites this summer.
Sc. 1727 Six Saints (Fleming 1901) I. 251:
These Dissenters, for some years commonly called “M'Millan's Folk”, who were a part of the United Societies before the Revolution.
Slg. 1795 Stat. Acc.1 XIX. 75:
In Lauriestown, there is a chapel for the most ancient Presbyterian Dissenters in Scotland, who are generally known by the name of Macmillanites.
Sc. 1818 Scott H. Midlothian xviii.:
I only meant to say that you were a Cameronian, or MacMillanite, one of the society people, in short, who think it inconsistent to take oaths under a government where the Covenant is not ratified.
Kcb. 1824 G. Chalmers Caledonia III. 323:
The peace of this parish [Balmaghie] was long disturbed, by the fanatical follies of its minister, John Macmillan, the father of the wild sect of the Macmillanites; who, in the progress of their spirit, renounced their allegiance to the king, refused obedience to the laws, and disowned the judicatories of the church.
Lnk. 1865 J. Hamilton Poems 184:
The “Macmillan fock”, known as the Reformed Presbyterians of the present day.
Fif. 1894 J. Menzies Our Town xvii.:
Onyhoo, if a Seceder or Burgher or a Macmillan or an Anabaptist cam' aboot the farm toon or the mill, Jubal was neither to haud nor to bind.

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