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Barclay, John (1733–1798), Church of Scotland minister and founder of the Berean church, was born in Muthill, Perthshire, in March 1733, the son of Ludovick Barclay, a farmer and miller, and his wife, Martha MacInnes. He proceeded from the village school to the ...

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Barclay, Oliver Rainsford (1919–2013), zoologist and evangelical society administrator, was born in Kobe, Japan, on 22 February 1919, the son of Joseph Gurney Barclay (1879–1976) and his second wife, Gwendoline Rose, née Watney (1885–1976). His family connections included prominent Quakers and Anglicans employed in banking and evangelical missions, notably the ...

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Brayne, John (d. 1654), clergyman and Seeker, was settled by parliament as minister of St John's, in the Soke, Winchester, from the late 1640s until his death. His fame rests on the flurry of tracts he published in his last years, and little is known of his background. He may have come from ...

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Buchan [née Simpson], Elspeth (c. 1738–1791), founder of the Buchanites, was born in Banffshire, the daughter of John Simpson and Margaret Gordon (d. c.1741), who kept an inn at Fitmy-Can, halfway between Banff and Portsoy, Banffshire. Her mother died when she was three years old, after which her father remarried and sent her into service. She was later employed by a distant female relative who taught her to read and write, but they separated in ...

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Dowie, John Alexander (1847–1907), faith healer and leader of a religious group, was born in Leith Street Terrace, Edinburgh, on 25 May 1847, the son of John Dowie, a breeches maker, and his wife, Ann Macfarlan. At a school in Arthur Street, Edinburgh...

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Gibb, John (d. 1720?), founder of the Sweet Singers or Gibbite sect, was born and raised in Borrowstounness (modern day Bo'ness) in Linlithgowshire, Scotland. There he learned to sail, and was in time appointed to be the purser and master of the merchantman ...

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Girling [née Clouting], Mary Ann (1827–1886), founder of the Children of God, was born on 27 April 1827 at Little Glemham, Suffolk, the daughter of William Clouting or Clowting, a small farmer. The details of her formal education, if any, are not known. On 2 May 1863 she married ...

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Jeffreys, George (1889–1962), revivalist and founder of the Elim Pentecostal church, was born at 24 Metcalfe Street, Maesteg, Glamorgan, south Wales, on 28 February 1889. His father, Thomas Jeffreys (d. 1895), was a coalminer who, with his wife, Keziah, née Brown, daughter of a Baptist minister, had eight sons of whom five died young. The family attended ...