Knock (1830)

As has been already said, the awakening impulses were felt overall Lewis, Harris, and even in the long chain of islands that stretch from them southward. In 1829, two ministers were settled in Lewis, both of whom shared the evangelical sympathies of Macleod. Finlay Cook, a convert of the Arran Revival, was placed at Cross in the north. He remained five years and it is reported that he did "a solid and prolonged work in his parish." Robert Finlayson, who had acted as a teacher in Uig, was in the same year ordained at Knock and, after two years there was transferred to the same especially in Lochs. The help Finlayson gave was of longer duration and was therefore probably more effective. "Such was the eagerness to hear him that not only was his Church [at Knock] crowded on the Sabbath, but every night the parlour and lobby and stair and every available inch of space within the manse was filled at the hour of prayer. Many walked every night from Stornoway, a distance of four or five miles, to be present. These parlour preachings were blessed to many."

From 'Scotland Saw His Glory,' edited by Richard Owen Roberts.

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