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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

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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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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 ...

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Brown, John [known as John Brown of Whitburn] (1754–1832), minister of the Secession church, was born at Haddington, Haddingtonshire, on 24 July 1754, the eldest son of John Brown of Haddington (1722–1787), Secession church minister and theologian, and his first wife, Janet (1732/3–1771)...

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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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John Brown (1722–1787) by William Home Lizars © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Brown (1754–1832) by John Pairman, in or before 1813 The Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Buchan [née Simpson], Elspeth (c. 1738–1791), founder of the Buchanites, was born in Banffshire, the daughter of John Simpson and Margaret Gordon (d. c.1741), who kept an inn at Fitmy-Can, halfway between Banff and Portsoy, Banffshire. Her mother died when she was three years old, after which her father remarried and sent her into service. She was later employed by a distant female relative who taught her to read and write, but they separated in ...

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Cameron, William [nicknamed Hawkie] (c. 1787–1851), pedlar and beggar, was probably born at St Ninians, Stirlingshire, the son of Dugald Cameron of Braemar, a mashman, and his wife, Janet Paterson. As members of the Burgher Secession church the family barely feature in parochial registers, so details of ...