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Arnot, William (1808–1875), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Scone on 6 November 1808, the seventh and youngest child of Robert Arnot (b. 1763), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Margaret Fisher; his mother died shortly after his birth. As a boy ...

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Bannerman, James (1807–1868), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 9 April 1807 in the manse of Cargill, Perthshire, the son of James Patrick Bannerman (d. 1807), minister of Cargill. He was educated at Perth Academy and, from 1822, ...

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Begg, James (1808–1883), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born in the manse at New Monkland, Lanarkshire, on 31 October 1808. He was the second surviving son of James Begg (1762–1845), Church of Scotland minister of New Monkland, and his wife, Mary (1777–1831)...

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Beith, Alexander (1799–1891), Free Church of Scotland minister and author, was born at Campbeltown, Argyllshire, on 13 January 1799, the son of Gilbert Beith and Helen Elder. Beith's father, a land agent and farmer in the Kintyre district of Argyllshire, was well read, especially in theology and church history. After schooling in ...

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Black, Alexander (1789–1864), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born in Aberdeen on 18 January 1789, where his father was a gardener. Educated at the grammar school and at Marischal College, Aberdeen, Black's initial interest in medicine gave way to the study of divinity. Licensed by the presbytery of ...

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Blaikie, William Garden (1820–1899), Free Church of Scotland minister and writer, was born in Aberdeen on 5 February 1820, one of ten children and the second son of James Blaikie (1786–1836) of Craigiebuckler and his wife, Jane Garden (d. 1857). His father, an advocate, was lord provost of ...

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Bonar, Andrew Alexander (1810–1892), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Paterson's Court, Edinburgh, on 29 May 1810, the seventh son of James Bonar (1757–1821), solicitor of excise, and Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), daughter of James Pyott, bailie of Montrose. He was educated at ...

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Bonar, Horatius (1808–1889), Free Church of Scotland minister and hymn writer, was born at Edinburgh on 19 December 1808. He was the sixth son of James Bonar, the second solicitor of excise at Edinburgh, and his wife, Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), the daughter of ...

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