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Borthwick, Jane Laurie (1813–1897), hymn writer and translator, was born on 9 April 1813 in Edinburgh, the first daughter of James Borthwick, insurance manager of the North British Insurance Office, and his wife, Sarah Finlay, both staunch members of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Janet Colquhoun, Lady Colquhoun (1781–1846) by Henry Thomas Ryall (after Colvin Smith, 1834) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Colquhoun [née Sinclair], Janet, Lady Colquhoun (1781–1846), religious writer, was the second daughter of Sir John Sinclair of Ulbster, first baronet (1754–1835), and his first wife, Sarah (d. 1785), the only child and heir of Alexander Maitland of Stoke Newington. She was born in ...

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Cousin [née Cundell], Anne Ross (1824–1906), poet and hymn writer, only child of David Ross Cundell, an assistant surgeon of the 33rd regiment at Waterloo, and his wife, Ann, was born in Hull on 27 April 1824. Her family moved soon after to ...

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Catherine Edward (1813–1861) by James Charles Armytage (after J. Archer) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Edward [née Grant], Catherine (1813–1861), missionary, was born on 2 April 1813, eldest daughter of Patrick Grant (1783–1816), minister of Kirkmichael, Banffshire, and his wife, Isabella Mitchell (d. 1845). After her father's death Catherine was brought up in Edinburgh, where her mother supplemented her annuity by taking in boarders. As a young woman she was a governess in the family of ...

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Elizabeth Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864) by unknown artist in the collection of the National Trust for Scotland

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Gordon [née Brodie], Elizabeth, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864), evangelical patron, was born in London on 20 June 1794. Her father, Alexander Brodie (1748–1818) of Arnhall, Kincardineshire, a wealthy India merchant and MP, was a younger son of James Brodie of Brodie, in the north of ...

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Haining, Jane Mathison (1897–1944), Christian missionary and martyr, was born on 6 June 1897 at Lochenhead Farm, Dunscore, Dumfriesshire, the fifth of the six children of Thomas John Haining (1866/7–1922), farmer, and his first wife, Jane Mathison (1865/6–1902), a farmer's daughter. After her mother's early death in childbirth she was nurtured in the strongly evangelical piety of ...

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Macfarlane [married name Brodie], Jessie (1843–1871), preacher, was born on 20 January 1843 in Edinburgh, the daughter of Archibald McFarlane, a clothier, and his wife, Mary Maxwell, née Turner. Her parents were presbyterians and her early religious experience was influenced by an uncle who, it appears, was a minister. In 1859 she heard ...

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Mackay, Isabella Gordon [Bella] (1777/8–1850), philanthropist and religious activist, was probably born at her parents' home near Brora in Sutherland, the youngest daughter of John Gordon of Carrol and Isabella McLeod of Geanies. Although her father's estate was small, Bella, as she was known, enjoyed 'highly respectable connexions' (...

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Ruthquist [née McKay], Alexina (1848–1892), missionary, was born on 8 September 1848 at Fordyce, Banffshire, the third child of the Revd Murdoch McKay, Free Church of Scotland minister at Rhynie, and his wife, Alexina Robertson. She had at least two sisters. Alexander McKay (1849–1890)...

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Small, Ann Hunter [Annie] (1857–1945), missionary and educationist, was born on 26 December 1857 at Polmont, Redding, Stirlingshire, the eldest of the three daughters, all subsequently missionaries, of the Revd John Small (1833–1899), trained teacher and missionary of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Waterston, Jane Elizabeth (1843–1932), missionary and doctor in South Africa, was born on 18 January 1843 in Inverness, a middle child of four girls and two boys of the first cousins Agnes Webster and Charles Waterston (d. 1897), the manager of the ...