6 November 1862 Birth of David Watt Torrance, pioneer doctor in Tiberias #otdimjh


On This Day In Messianic Jewish History

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David Watt Torrance was born 6 November, 1862 on Graham Street in Airdrie, Scotland.  He was the son of Dr. Thomas Torrance and Susan Watt who had many children.  His grandfather was Rev. Robert Torrance who had founded the Auld Licht congregation in Airdrie.  His mother’s father was David Watt an Edinburgh engraver of some note and a friend of Sir Walter Scott. David Watt Torrance was a cousin of the father of Thomas F. Torrance, the theologian, disciple and translator of Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics –  more of his contribution on another occasion!

Airdrie was a mining town of some repute and David grew up just like any child of the time.  He attended Sunday school taught by his great-uncle Robert Watt.  He played football and sang in the choir.  He loved to listen to stories read by his mother particularly books of adventure, travel and history.  Sadly his father…

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