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Abernethy, John (1680–1740), Presbyterian minister, was born on 19 October 1680, the son of John Abernethy (d. 1703), minister at Brigh, co. Tyrone, and his wife, a member of the family of Walkinshaw, of Walkinshaw, Renfrewshire. His father, who had settled in ...

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John Abernethy (1680–1740) by John Brooks (after James Latham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adair, Patrick (1624?–1693/4), Presbyterian minister and historian, was the son of John Adair of Genoch in Galloway. His family were prominently involved in the Scottish migration to Ulster in the seventeenth century, and he was the nephew of Sir Robert Adair, a major Scots colonizer in ...

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Aird, William (d. 1606/7), Church of Scotland minister, worked as a mason until twenty years old. His wife, whose name is not known, taught him to read, and he later acquired Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. He studied theology for several years, probably at ...

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Aiton, John (1797–1863), Church of Scotland minister and author, was born at Strathaven in June 1797, the youngest son of William Aiton (1760–1848), authority on Scottish husbandry, and Margaret Borland (d. 1820). He studied theology at Edinburgh University and was licensed by the presbytery of ...

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Alexander [other married names Umpherston, Currie], Helen (1653/4–1729), covenanter, was born in the parish of Linton, probably in Haddingtonshire. Owing to her mother's early death and her father's remarriage she went to stay with her sister in Dirleton parish, Haddingtonshire. About 1672 she married ...

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Alexander, John (1686–1743), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born on 30 September 1686 at Temple Patrick, co. Antrim, the son of John Alexander (d. 1712), and his wife, Mary Hamilton. His father was the fourth son of William Alexander, ...

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Alexander Gordon

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Alexander, John (1736–1765), Presbyterian minister and writer, was born in Dublin on 26 January 1736, the second of four children of John Alexander (1686–1743), dissenting minister, and Hannah (1704/5–1768), daughter of the Revd John Higgs, of Evesham. John's brother Benjamin (1737–1768) was a physician and translator. After the death of his father on 1 November 1743 ...

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Alison, Francis (1705–1779), Presbyterian minister and college principal in America, was born in the parish of Leck in co. Donegal, the son of Robert Alison, a weaver descended from emigrants from Scotland. His mother's name and ancestry are unknown. He may have received his early education at ...

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Amner, Richard (bap. 1737, d. 1803), Presbyterian minister and biblical critic, was born at Hinckley, Leicestershire, the third of five children of Richard Amner and Anne, his wife. He was baptized on 26 April 1737 at the Presbyterian Great Meeting, Hinckley. In 1755 he entered ...