The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
(From Rev. J. M. M'Pherson, Killean.) Killean F. C. Manse, Argyleshire, Oct. 9th, 1861
Oct. 9th, 1861.
The bearer, Mr. Wm. B. Mackay, taught the F. C. Congregational School in the parish of Killean during the two years immediately preceding this date, with distinguished ability, skill, and success. His qualifications as a teacher of youth are of a very high order. He is alike conversant with literary, scientific, and religious knowledge, which he communicates with admirable tact, taste, and effect. Mr. Mackay maintained the most perfect discipline by the gentlest means, and be is equally and universally beloved by both pupils and parents belonging to different denominations throughout the parish.
To the managers, and all parties interested in the prosperity of the school under his charge, Mr. Mackay uniformly afforded the very highest satisfaction. His moral character, while residing here, has been most unexceptionable and exemplary. His removal is deeply and universally regretted. He will long hold a high place in the affectionate remembrance of many parents and pupils in this place, while he will be followed in future life by the best wishes of the whole community.
(Signed) James M. M'Pherson, Minis.