From: Henry Paton, ‘Lawson, George (1749–1820)’, rev. N. R. Needham, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2009 [http://www.oxforddnb.com.ezproxy.slq.qld.gov.au/view/article/16197, accessed 19 Aug 2012]
George Lawson, a farmer’s son, was born in Scotland on 13 March 1749. Geroge was studious, so his parents sent him to the University of Edinburgh in 1764. In 1766 he moved to the Associate Synod Divinity Hall where he studied divinity and on 17 April 1771 he became pastor of the Associate Synod congregation in Selkirk.
Lawson knew the Bible by heart, and much of it in Hebrew and Greek. In spite of his vast knowledge of philosophy, history and science, he frequently preached in a simple popular style. On 2 May 1787 he was was appointed as professor of theology in the Associate Synod Divinity Hall, which was relocated to Selkirk so that he could continue to serve as a pastor.
Lawson’s chief writings were commentaries on the books of the Bible, including Lectures on the Book of Ruth (1805); Lectures on the History of Joseph (2 vols., 1807); Discourses on the Book of Esther (1804); Exposition of the Book of Proverbs (2 vols., 1821); and Discourses on the History of David (1833). These were widely read and appreciated in nineteenth-century Britain and America.
Lawson died at Selkirk on 21 February 1820 and was buried there.