- Joyce D. Goodfriend
Laidlie, Archibald (04 December 1727–1779), Church of Scotland and Dutch Reformed minister, was born in Kelso, Scotland, the son of William Laidlie and Jean Dickson. After receiving his early education in Kelso, he attended the University of Edinburgh, where he received an MA degree and served as a lecturer. He received a call to the Scotch Church at Vlissingen, the Netherlands, and was installed as minister there in September 1759. He preached to this small congregation of transplanted Scots, learning the Dutch language to communicate with the townspeople and gain the respect of local dignitaries. In 1763 the Amsterdam Classis, the governing body of the Reformed Church, received a request from New York City's Dutch Reformed Church for an English-language preacher, and Laidlie was recommended for the position by the English ministers of Amsterdam. He seized this opportunity to take up a post in a large congregation in an important British colonial city. After being installed by the Classis of Amsterdam, Laidlie traveled to New York by way of London, arriving in 1764....