Believed to be the son of John Reid of Chirnside, John Reid was licensed at Douglas on August 12, 1786. On February 13, 1787, a call was presented to him from Perth, but delay was asked for onthe ground of the improved prospects of the congregation. Reid, however, declined the invitation on November 14. In July, 1788, he was ordained at Laurieston. On March 5, 1806, a call was received from Galway and Duanesburgh, in the state of New York [a position later filled by Gilbert McMaster]. Before determining on it, the Presbytery resolved to send him to America to examine the conditions, but there is no indication that he went, or that the matter was ever dealt with again. Reid took a considrable share in defending the position of the Presbytery. Including his Truth no Enemy to Peace, which was his contirbution to the controversy on the Civil Magistrate. In the beginning of December, 1820, he fell from his horse, and died on the 4th from injuries sustained.