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Thompson Cooper

revised by M. J. Mercer

Baillie, John (1741–1806), minister of the Secession church, was trained for the ministry by John Swanston of Kinross and became minister to the Carliol Street congregation in Newcastle upon Tyne about 1769. He was a popular preacher, but his convivial habits resulted in behaviour inappropriate for a minister and led eventually to his suspension in 1784. He drifted into debtor's prison but managed to escape to ...

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Baine, James (1710–1790), minister of the Relief church, was born at Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, the son of the Revd James Baine (1676–1755) and Grizel, née Semple (d. 1756). He was educated at the parish school, then at the grammar school in Dumbarton before studying at the universities of ...

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[Anon.]

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Ballantyne, John (1778–1830), United Secession minister, was born in the parish of Kinghorn in Fife on 8 May 1778. After being educated in the village school at Lochgelly, he entered the University of Edinburgh in 1795, and joined the Burgher branch of the ...

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W. G. Blaikie

revised by Lionel Alexander Ritchie

Balmer, Robert (1787–1844), United Secession minister and theologian, was born at Ormiston Mains, in the parish of Eckford, Roxburghshire, on 22 November 1787, the eldest of four children of Thomas Balmer and Margaret Biggar (d. 1839). Sickly as a child, he later enjoyed tolerably good health apart from problems with his eyesight. His parents were both seceders although they adhered, quite amicably, to different congregations. His father, a land steward, died when ...

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Belfrage, Henry (1774–1835), United Secession minister and writer, was born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, on 24 March 1774, the fourth son in a family of seven daughters and five sons. His father, John Belfrage (1736–1798), was minister of the Erskine church, where his wife, ...

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Bell, Thomas (1733–1802), minister of the Relief church, was born at Moffat on 24 December 1733, of parentage unknown. After attending the local parish school he went to the University of Edinburgh, where he left the Church of Scotland and joined the Relief church...

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Boston, Thomas (1713–1767), a founder of the Relief church, was born at Ettrick, Selkirkshire, on 3 April 1713, the youngest son of Thomas Boston (1676–1732) and Katharine Boston, née Brown (1674–1737). After receiving his early education from his father and his brother John...

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J. H. Thorpe

revised by Emma Major

Boswell, Robert (1746–1804), Glasite preacher, was a descendant of the Auchinleck family in Ayrshire. He received a classical education and became a writer to the signet in Edinburgh. While still young he became a Glasite, or Sandemanian, and was chosen by the church in ...

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Bower, Alexander (1774–1837), writer and minister of the Relief church, was born in Edinburgh on 18 March 1774, the son of John Bower, weaver, and Janet Matthew. The elder Bower, according to a relative, John Campbell (1766–1840), was an elder in the Relief church...

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Brown, John [known as John Brown of Haddington] (1722–1787), minister of the Secession church and theologian, was one of four children born to John Brown (d. c.1733), weaver and salmon fisher, and Catherine, née Millie (d. c.1735), in the now abandoned hamlet of ...