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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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Anderson, George (1676/7–1756), Church of Scotland minister and author, left no record of his birth or upbringing. If he was the George Anderson who entered Glasgow University as a member of the quarta classis or Greek class in 1696–7, then his regent was ...

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Anderson, James (bap. 1679, d. 1739), Church of Scotland minister and historical writer, was born in Aberdeen and baptized on 19 January 1679 at St Nicholas's Church, Aberdeen, one of at least two sons of James Anderson and Jean Campbell. His brother was ...

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Anderson, John (1671–1721), Church of Scotland minister, was born in Edinburgh; details of his parents and childhood are unknown. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MA on 9 July 1688 and thereafter spent some time as a schoolmaster in the city. After serving as a tutor to ...

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Anderson, Walter (d. 1800), historian and Church of Scotland minister, was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MA on 18 March 1742. Licensed by the presbytery of Duns on 5 December 1744, he was ordained on 13 May 1756 at ...

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Arbuthnot, Alexander (1538–1583), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was the second son of Andrew Arbuthnot of Pitcarles in Kincardineshire. He himself wrote a valuable history of the Arbuthnot family, which survives as MS 2764 in Aberdeen University Library. He was educated at ...

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Arthur, Archibald (1744–1797), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 6 September 1744 at Abbot's Inch, Renfrewshire, the eldest son of the farmer Andrew Arthur and his wife, Jean Snodgrass. After being taught at home by his parents, he attended ...

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Baillie, Donald Macpherson (1887–1954), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 5 November 1887 in the Free Church manse at Gairloch, Ross-shire, the second son of the Revd John Baillie (1829–1891), Free Church minister of Gairloch, and his wife, Annie Macpherson (...

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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...