Candlish, Robert Smith, divine, was born in 1807 at Edinburgh. In 1828 he was licensed to preach, and in 1834 was chosen minister of St. George's, Edinburgh. He took a leading part in the disruption movement of 1843, being second in importance only to Dr. Chalmers, after whose death he became the ruling spirit in the Free Church. He was an eloquent preacher, and wrote a number of religious works. Among these were: The Atonement, its Reality and Extent; An Examination of Mr. Maurice's Theological Essays; and The Fatherhood of God. He died in 1873.