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Barclay, Thomas (1792–1873), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born at Unst, in Shetland, in June 1792, the youngest of the five sons of James Barclay (1745–1793), the minister of the parish, and his wife, Ursula, daughter of William Archibald, James Barclay's...

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Caird, John (1820–1898), Church of Scotland minister, theologian, and university principal, was born on 15 December 1820 in Greenock, the eldest of seven sons of John Caird (d. 1838), marine engineer, and Janet Young (d. 1889) of Port Glasgow. His younger brother ...

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Campbell, George (1719–1796), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was born on 25 December 1719 in Aberdeen, the fifth of six children of Colin Campbell (1678–1728), a Church of Scotland minister, and Margaret Walker (d. 1747), daughter of a prominent Aberdeen...

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Rollock, Robert (1555–1599), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was the son of David Rollock (d. 1579), laird of Powis near Stirling, and Mary Livingston. At the time of his father's death on 14 March 1579, Rollock is known to have had one younger brother, ...

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Tulloch, John (1823–1886), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born, one of twin sons, on 1 June 1823 at his maternal grandfather's farm at Dron, Perthshire. His mother was Elizabeth, the daughter of a Perthshire farmer named Maclaren. His father, William Weir Tulloch...

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Witherspoon, John (1723–1794), Church of Scotland minister and college head in America, was born on or about 5 February 1723 at Gifford in Yester parish, Haddingtonshire, Scotland. He was the eldest son of James Witherspoon (1691–1759), minister of Yester, and his wife, Anne (...