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Baillie, Lady Grisell (1822–1891), Church of Scotland deaconess, was born on 4 April 1822 at Mellerstain, near Kelso, the youngest of the eleven children of George Baillie (1763–1841) of Jerviswoode, MP for Berwickshire, and his wife, Mary, the youngest daughter of Sir James Pringle, bt...

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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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Bell, Patrick (1799–1869), Church of Scotland minister and inventor of agricultural machinery, was born in April 1799 at mid-Leoch, in the parish of Auchterhouse, a few miles north-west of Dundee. He was one of at least two sons of George Bell, a tenant farmer at ...

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Boston, Thomas (1676–1732), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 17 March 1676 at Duns, Berwickshire, the youngest of seven children of John Boston (1631–1701), a cooper, and his wife, Alison Trotter (d. 1691). Although he laboured in obscure parishes ...

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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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Campbell, John McLeod (1800–1872), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 4 May 1800 at Ardmaddy House, near Kilninver, the eldest son of the Revd Donald Campbell and his wife, Mary MacLeod of Raasay (c.1767–1806). Donald Campbell, the minister for ...

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Carlyle, Alexander (1722–1805), Church of Scotland minister and memorialist, was born on 26 January 1722, the eldest child of the Revd William Carlyle (1689–1765) and Janet Robeson (1700–1779). He was descended on his father's side from a distinguished Cumberland family who had long before crossed over the Scottish border and established themselves in ...

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Carstares [Carstairs], William (1649–1715), Church of Scotland minister and political adviser, was born on 11 February 1649 at Cathcart, near Glasgow, the eldest child of John Carstairs (1623–1686), the parish minister, and his wife, Janet (1625–1685), daughter of William Mure of Glanderston.

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Chalmers, Thomas (1780–1847), Church of Scotland minister and social reformer, was born on 17 March 1780 in Anstruther, Fife, the sixth of fourteen children of John Chalmers (1740–1818), merchant and provost of Anstruther, and Elizabeth (1750–1827), daughter of George Hall, wine merchant of ...

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Cook, George (1772–1845), Church of Scotland minister and ecclesiastical historian, was born in December 1772 in St Andrews, the second son of the Revd John Cook, professor of moral philosophy in the University of St Andrews, and Janet, daughter of the Revd John Hill...

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Douglas, Robert (1747–1820), Church of Scotland minister, was born in Kenmore, Perthshire, on 19 July 1747, the eldest son of the Revd John Douglas (d. 1768) and Beatrix Ainslie (1710–1794?). His father was also a parish minister, of 'uncommon prudence and agreeable manners' (...

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Duncan, Henry (1774–1846), Church of Scotland minister and savings bank founder, was born at Lochrutton, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 8 October 1774, the third son of the minister George Duncan (1738–1807) and his first wife, Anne M'Murdo (d. 1824). He was educated at Dumfries Academy...

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Erskine, John (1721–1803), Church of Scotland minister and author, was born probably in Edinburgh, and probably on 2 June 1721, the eldest son of John Erskine (1695–1768) of Carnock, professor of Scots law at Edinburgh University, and Margaret Melvill (b. 1697) of ...

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Fordyce, James (1720–1796), Church of Scotland minister and moralist, was born on 5 June 1720 in Aberdeen, the fourth son of George Fordyce (1663–1733) and his wife, Elizabeth (1688–1760), daughter of the Revd David Brown, minister of Neilston, near Perth. His father was a farmer, landowner, and leading merchant in ...

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Haldane, Robert (1772–1854), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 27 January 1772 at Overton (‘the big farm’) in the parish of Lecropt, Perthshire, the eldest son of John Haldane, farmer, and his wife, Margaret Kinross. He was educated at a school in ...

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Hardy, Thomas (1748–1798), Church of Scotland minister and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 22 April 1748 in Culross, Perthshire, the third of five children of the Revd Henry Hardy (1717–1752) and his wife, Ann (1719–1805), daughter of John Halkerston, the town clerk of ...

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Henderson, Alexander (c. 1583–1646), Church of Scotland minister and politician, was born about 1583 in Criech, Fife, probably in or near the village of Luthrie, since he left 2000 merks to the village school in his will. He was possibly the son of ...

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Home, John (1722–1808), Church of Scotland minister and playwright, was born in Leith on 21 September 1722, the son of Alexander Home, town clerk of Leith, and Christian Hay, daughter of John Hay, writer in Edinburgh. Home was a distant relative of both the ...

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Lee, Robert (1804–1868), Church of Scotland minister, was born at Tweedmouth, Northumberland on 11 November 1804. He was the eldest of the three sons of George Lee, a shipbuilder, whose father had established the family in the trade; his mother was June, daughter of ...