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Bruce, Archibald (bap. 1748, d. 1816), minister of the Secession church and author, was born at Broomhall, near Denny, Stirlingshire, the son of John Bruce and Isobel, née Tayler. Both his parents were early adherents of Ebenezer Erskine's Secession church, and he himself was baptized at the ...

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Bryce, James (1767–1857), founder of the Associate Presbytery of Ireland, was born at Airdrie in Lanarkshire on 5 December 1767. He was the son of John Bryce and Robina Allan (d. 1796). They were both descendants of landowners in Lanarkshire who had subsequently lost most of their property during the seventeenth century, as they had espoused the covenanting cause....

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Cairns, William (d. 1848), philosopher, studied at the University of Glasgow. He graduated MA in 1802 and received an LLD in 1838. After entering the Antiburgher Secession Hall in 1800, he was ordained minister of the Secession church at Johnshaven, Kincardineshire, in March 1808. He resigned in October 1815 in order to take up a position as professor of logic, belles-lettres, and rhetoric at the ...

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Campbell, Alexander (1788–1866), a founder of the Disciples of Christ or Churches of Christ, was born on 12 September 1788 near Ballymena, co. Antrim, the eldest of the ten children of Thomas Campbell (1763–1854), an Anti-Burgher Seceder Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Jane Corneigle...

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Alexander Campbell (1788–1866) by unknown photographer, 1858 by permission of Bethany College, West Virginia

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Culbertson, Robert (1765–1823), United Secession minister, was born at Morebattle, Roxburghshire, on 21 September 1765, one of the seven children of James Culbertson (1727/8–1826), a tenant farmer and a member of the Secession church, and his wife, Janet. He was educated at Morebattle parish school...

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Robert Culbertson (1765–1823) by John Kay, 1811 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gib, Adam (1714–1788), minister of the Secession church, was born on 7 April 1714 at Cowden Castle in Muckhart parish, Perthshire, the ninth son of John Gib, laird of Castletown in that parish, and his wife, Helen Bogie. He was educated at the ...

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Thomas Hamilton

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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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Henry Paton

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Gilfillan, Samuel (1762–1826), United Secession minister, son of a small shopkeeper in the village of Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire, was born there on 24 November 1762. He was the youngest of a family of fifteen children. As a child he displayed an enthusiasm for reading, and the habit was encouraged by his mother, who wanted him to enter the ministry. After receiving a rudimentary education in a country school, in November 1782 he went to the ...