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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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GLASITE, n. Also Glassite. A member of the religious sect, now almost extinct, fonnded by the Rev. John Glas (1695–1773), minister of Tealing, in Angus, deposed for his extreme views on the authority and independence of the Church in 1728. This sect was later known, esp. in England and America, as the Sandemanians. See also kail-kirk(ie) s.v. Kail, n., Combs.Per. 1766 A. Nicol Poems 3:
Some Presbyterian covenanters . . . Some Glassites, some for Presentation.
Sc. 1807 J. Hall Travels I. 13:
About 50 years ago, the Glassites, otherwise called the Sandimanians, sent missionaries from Perth into Athol and Bredalbane, to propagate their doctrines.
Ags. 1827 A. Laing Misc. Pieces 11:
Had you been Glassites, be assur'd, . . . I at your table would not cour'd To beg a crumb.
Sc. 1898 Stevenson St Ives xxvii.:
There's a remnant practically in most of the denoaminations. There's some in the McGlashanites, and some in the Glassites.
Sc. 1913 Hastings' Encycl. Religion & Ethics VI. 231:
There were about a dozen Glasite or Sandemanian churches in Scotland, and a few in England and America.
Sc. 1951 Sc. Daily Mail (28 Feb.):
Glasites have maintained “the scriptural view of a church where the congregation ordain and set apart ministers or elders or bishops from their midst to form a presbytery to guide and take the oversight”.

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