"he could ding Auld Macmillan himsel"

Having been deprived of his previous post for publically identifying with the rigid codes of the Covenanters, Rev. John MacMillan became minister for the Cameronians from 1706 until 1743, when he founded the Reformed Presbyterian Church. Hogg wrote about Macmillan at greater length in 'The Cameronian Preacher’s Tale' (1828).