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Balmyle, Nicholas [Nicholas of St Andrews] (d. 1319/20), administrator and bishop of Dunblane, first appears on record, described as master, in 1259. Balmyle may be derived from one of two places in Perthshire. Neither his date of birth nor his place of study is known. He is rarely mentioned before the 1280s and 1290s, during which time he is variously recorded as official of the archdeacon of ...

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Beaton [Betoun], David (1494?–1546), cardinal and archbishop of St Andrews, was a younger son of John Beaton (d. 1532), of Balfour, Fife, and Elizabeth Monypenny (d. 1541), daughter of the laird of Pitmilly, Fife.

Beaton entered St Andrews University in 1508, transferred to that of ...

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Beaton, James (c. 1473–1539), administrator and archbishop of St Andrews, was the sixth son of John Beaton of Balfour in the parish of Markinch, and Marjory, daughter of Sir David Boswell of Balmouto in the parish of Kinghorn. For one who was later to hold the highest offices in church and state and to exercise immense power, it is noteworthy that he was not connected by blood to any of the noble houses of ...

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Bernard (d. 1330/31), administrator and bishop of Sodor, has been identified since 1726, but erroneously, with the Bernard of Linton, parson of Mordington, recorded in the Ragman rolls of 1296. In view of the rarity of the name Bernard and the place of his burial he is much more likely to have been the ...

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Bondington, William of (d. 1258), bishop of Glasgow, was probably of Scottish birth, his family name coming from one of the several (now) Bonningtons in Scotland; that in Peeblesshire has been particularly favoured because his first preferment was as parson of Eddleston. He seems not to have attended a university, and first appears as clerk of two chancellors of ...

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Cameron, John (1725–1799), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born near Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to an Edinburgh bookseller and afterwards studied at Edinburgh University, where he was awarded the degree of MA. He belonged to the Reformed Presbyterians or ‘covenanters’ and was admitted as a probationer to that body....

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Campbell, Archibald, fifth earl of Argyll (1538–1573), magnate and protestant reformer, was the eldest son of Archibald Campbell, fourth earl of Argyll (1498–1558), and his first wife, Lady Helen Hamilton (d. in or before 1541), daughter of the first earl of Arran...

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Campbell [McGillespic], Colin, first earl of Argyll (d. 1493), magnate, was the only son of Gillespic Campbell, first son of Sir Duncan Campbell of Lochawe (created Lord Campbell in 1445) [see under Campbell family (per. c. 1300-1453)]; Colin's mother was Gillespic's...

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Campbell, Colin, sixth earl of Argyll (c. 1542–1584), magnate, was the second son of Archibald Campbell, fourth earl of Argyll (1498–1558), and his second wife, Lady Margaret Graham (d. in or before 1545), daughter of the third earl of Menteith. Following Gaelic tradition he was probably fostered with his maternal kin, thereby acquiring the name ...

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Campbell, John, first earl of Loudoun (1598–1662), lord chancellor of Scotland, was the eldest son of Sir James Campbell of Lawers and his wife, Jean, daughter of James Colvill, first Lord Colvill of Culros. He probably travelled abroad before he married (by March 1620) ...