Biggar (1860)

Riding home from the Biggar fair, a minister came across a man in deep anxiety. After prayer, counsel and an almost sleepless night, the man found peace in believing and was soon found praying with the sick and at the prayer meetings. These were held in the manse every night when the kitchen, passage and dining room were generally filled. One evening a woman ran out of the room crying loudly for mercy. Another was on her knees calling on God and a Ploughman burst into tears and wailing. 'The Ploughman found the peace he was seeking and the scene was exciting and joyful to me' said the minister. 'This was the beginning And for several nights numbers were stricken. Amongst these were three mothers. What a happy day for the child when the mother is brought to the saviour! The work now goes on more quietly."

From, 'The Wynd Journal', 3/3/1860.

The awakenings which took place in this neighbourhood some three or four weeks ago continue to increase, though now more silently. Prayer meetings are multiplied by tens and twenties, and union meetings are also held two and three times every week, all well attended, and apparently, productive of much good. In the town, however, beyond attention to public worship, the work has made little progress. Each of the congregations has its own meeting, and though an effort has been made to form a union meeting, it has but partially succeeded. - Hamilton Advertiser.

"The Scottish Guardian," March 27th, 1860.

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