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Dr Robert McKilliam

Born: 8th July 1837
Died: 7th February 1915

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ROBERT M'KILLIAM, son of Basil M'Killiam, was born at Aberdeen in 1837. His mother's godly life and prayers had great influence over him, and he was convertedat an early age. He studied for a doctor, and passed examinations at too early an age to engage in practice, taking, however, his M.D. degree at Aberdeen University at the age of 21, and subsequently his CM. degree at the same University. He practised as physician and surgeon at Old Meldrum, Forgue, and Huntly, leaving the last named in 1880.

The doctor engaged in active Christian work when quite a young man, and because of his outstanding Christian principles was made an elder of the Free Church of Scotland at a comparatively early age for such an office. His Biblical teaching, particularly that connected with the Second Coming of Christ, was, however, too pronounced for the Free Church, and owing to much persecution and opposition he left that body. Several left with him, and an undenominational Christian work was then commenced at Huntly, greatly blessed and owned of God in the conversion of many and in blessing to God's people.

Dr. M'Killiam longed for London as a sphere of labour, and in 1880 the way was made clear, so he succeeded to the practice of the late Dr. Tate, of Blackheath. In a short time an Assembly of believers was formed at Blackheath. The Alexandra Hall was taken, and up to the time of his last illness the doctor continued to preach the Gospel and minister the Word there, and very many will have cause to thank God for his faithful ministry. His activities were not confined to Blackheath, as he travelled much all over the country and laboured for the Lord most assiduously. He was Editor of The Morning Star from its commencement in January, 1894, and continued so till the time of his death—thus covering just over 21 years. Through this paper, which was "a herald of the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, " his name was known and his teaching appreciated and blessed in many parts of the world.

The doctor's favourite theme was the Personal and Premillennial Coming of the Lord Jesus. With his dying hand he penned these words for the readers of The. Witness: "The 'Blessed Hope' cannot much longer be deferred. The full choir shall soon fill the heavens with music that even the Archangels shall delight to hear; and you and I, my brother, my sister, saved by His grace, however unworthy, shall add our little strain to the full acknowledgment of His worth. Mine shall still be: 'I'm only a sinner saved by Grace.' "

After two serious operations, which meant many months of intense suffering, the beloved physician was called to a well-earned Rest in the Heavenly Home on 7th February, 1915, at the advanced age of 78.


Joyce Smith said ...
Dr Robert McKilliam was the son of Basil McKilliam and Helen Routledge. He was born 08/07/1837 in Aberdeen.
Old Parish Records 168/A 230/300
Parents married 16/06/1836 in Aberdeen
Old Parish Records 168/A 290/196 Frame 7668

Basil McKilliam was a confectioner / baker in Aberdeen.
Robert was named after his grandfather.

Can give you more information on the family if required.
Monday, Apr 16, 2018 : 06:25
Tom said ...
Thanks Joyce, yes would be grateful for anything else you have? He is of particular interest to me because of the local connections (ie. Blackheath where he lived).
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2018 : 19:09
Timothy Stunt said ...
From the census records it appears that his wife Helen (of the same age as himself) was also from Aberdeen and all of their six children were born in Scotland before he moved to London. Timothy Stunt
Saturday, Mar 23, 2019 : 22:52
Marty said ...

Fallen Asleep: Feb. 7th, [1915] of our aged and highly esteemed brother ROBERT M'KILLIAM, M.D., Mar. Coll., Aberdeen. For some time, he had been in failing health, and he had undergone more than one severe operation. He will be missed by a large circle of friends and those whom through long years he had edified with his ministry. Dr. M'Killiam came many years ago from the North of Scotland to Blackheath, where he bought a practice, and while pursuing this, also gave himself to energetic gospel work. Soon the Alexandra Hall was secured for meetings, which have gone on ever since. His ministry was greatly valued, and he was invited widely to conferences. During late years, he moved among assemblies, holding special meetings. The subject of the Lord's Coming was always dear to him, forming a large portion of his teaching, and he was well known as the Editor of The Morning Star, a periodical devoted to the spread of this glorious and important truth. The burial took place at Lee Cemetery, Hither Green, on the 12th, and was largely attended, all his children and grandchildren being present. "Echoes of Service" 1915

Robert McKilliam – 8th July 1837 ~ 7th February 1915, age 77.
Wife: Helen Jane Milne – 5th April 1837 ~ 5th September 1913, age 76.
  Basilea Josephine McKilliam (E. A. Tyler) – 14th August 1862 ~ June 1932.
  William Thomas McKilliam – 22nd April 1868 ~ 1912
  Helen Jane McKilliam (J. A. Featherstone) – 22nd July 1871 ~ 27th October 1944
  Elizabeth McKilliam 28th March 1873 ~ 13th September 1956, age 83.
  James Neilson Kirkwood McKilliam – 1877 ~ 21st January 1959, age 81-82.
Father: Basil McKilliam – 11th January 1807 ~ 4th March 1892, age 85.
Mother: Helen Routledge – 27th February 1810 ~ 15th September 1858, age 48.
  Jessie McKilliam (James Johnston) – 1832 ~ 12th January 1914, age 81-82.
  Elspet (Elsie) Low McKilliam (Thomas Mitchell) - 27th May 1839 ~ January 1918, age 78.
  Isaac Routledge McKilliam – 25th May 1841 ~ 15th August 1889, age 48.
  Elizabeth Gibb McKilliam – 5th August 1843 ~ December 1853, age 10.
  Rev. William McKilliam (J. B. Crichton) – 20th July 1845 ~ 26th November 1901, age 56.
  Basil McKilliam – 21st October 1848 ~ 20th April 1909, age 60.
  Margaret Jane McKilliam – 22nd October 1852 ~ 11th August 1930, age 77.


Sunday, May 2, 2021 : 05:17
Diane said ...
Going through my husbands things and found this old book given to him by old neighbor brother in the Lord.
The Morning Star A herald of the Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ VOL.XIII
Edited by Dr. R McKilliam
Friday, Feb 18, 2022 : 20:55
Greg said ...
Hi Diane

In which country do you live? This is one of the volumes I'm missing.

Saturday, Feb 19, 2022 : 12:15

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