Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Cruden, William
CRUDEN, WILLIAM (1725–1785), Scotch divine, was the son of Alexander Cruden, beadle at Pitsligo. He graduated M.A. at Aberdeen in 1743; became minister of Logie-Pert, near Montrose, in 1753; and was elected minister of the Scotch presbyterian church in Crown Court, Covent Garden, London, in 1773, in succession to Thomas Oswald. He died on 5 Nov. 1785, aged 60, and was buried in the Bunhill Fields cemetery. His works are:
- ‘Hymns on a variety of Divine Subjects,’ Aberdeen, 1761, 12mo.
- ‘Nature Spiritualised, in a variety of Poems, containing pious and practical observations on the works of nature, and the ordinary occurrences in life,’ London, 1766, 8vo.
- ‘Sermons on Evangelical and Practical Subjects,’ London, 1787, 8vo, with his portrait prefixed, engraved by T. Trotter from a painting by D. Allen.
[Wilson's Dissenting Churches, iv. 9; Addit. MS. 28518 a, Nos. 1710, 1711; Notes and Queries, 2nd series, iii. 447, 516; Scott's Fasti Ecclesiæ Scoticanæ, vol. iii. pt. ii. p. 838; Jones's Bunhill Memorials, 36.]