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Anderson, William (1799–1872), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 6 January 1799, at Kilsyth, near Glasgow, the second son of Revd John Anderson, a minister of a congregation of the Relief church. He was educated at Glasgow University, and became a minister in the same communion as his father, having been ordained in 1822 as pastor of the congregation in ...

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Brown, John (1784–1858), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born at Burnhead, Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, on 12 July 1784, the third child and eldest son of the Secession minister John Brown of Whitburn (1754–1832) and his first wife, Isabella Cranston (...

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Cairns, John (1818–1892), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born on 23 August 1818 at Ayton Hill, Berwickshire, the third of eight children of John Cairns (1790?–1841), shepherd, and his wife, Alison Murray (1788?–1860). Cairns was raised in the strict but loving environment provided by his godly parents within the tradition of Presbyterian dissent: the family belonged to its largest branch, the ...

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Finlayson, Thomas (1809–1872), minister of the United Presbyterian church, second son in the large family of Thomas Finlayson, a farmer, was born at Coldoch, Blair Drummond, Perthshire, on 22 December 1809. He received an elementary education at the parish school at Kincardine in ...

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Fletcher, Alexander (1787–1860), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 8 April 1787 at Bridge of Teith, near Doune, Perthshire, the son of William Fletcher, Burgher minister at Bridge of Teith, and his wife, Jean, sister of the Revd Michael Gilfillan...

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Gilfillan, George (1813–1878), minister of the United Presbyterian church and author, was born on 30 January 1813 in Comrie, Perthshire, the eleventh of twelve children of Revd Samuel Gilfillan (1762–1826) and his wife, Rachel Barlas (b. 1770/71). His mother was a minister's daughter, and his father was minister of the ...

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Gilfillan, James (1797–1874), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born at Comrie, Perthshire, on 11 May 1797, eldest son of the Revd Samuel Gilfillan (1762–1826), a leading United Secession minister, and his wife, Rachel Barlas (b. 1770/71). He was the brother of ...

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Harper, James (1795–1879), theologian and minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born at Lanark on 23 June 1795, the younger son of Alexander Harper (c.1768–1832), a minister in the Burgher church there, and his wife, Janet Gilchrist (d. c...

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Johnston, William (1800–1874), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in Biggar, Lanarkshire, on 18 February 1800, the youngest of nine children of Thomas Boston Johnston (b. 1742) and his wife, Janet Brown (d. 1847). He attended school locally before studying at ...

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Ker, John (1819–1886), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in the farmhouse of Bield, in the parish of Tweedsmuir, Peeblesshire, on 7 April 1819. His parents moved successively to Fillyside, a farm between Leith and Portobello, and to Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. While his father adhered to the established church, his mother was a seceder, and through that connection young ...