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Sir James Balfour of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1600–1657) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Balfour, Sir James, of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1603/4–1657), antiquary and herald, was probably born at Denmiln, Fife, the son of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmiln (c.1580–1652), later MP for Fife and comptroller of the household to Charles I, and his wife, ...

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Balfour [formerly Arnot], Robert, second Lord Balfour of Burleigh (d. 1663), politician, was the son of Sir Robert Arnot of Fernie (d. 1606), chamberlain of Fife, and his wife, Margaret Averie. In September 1606 he married Margaret (d. 1639), daughter of ...

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Blackadder, John (1615/1623?–1686), Church of Scotland minister, was perhaps born in December 1615 or in 1623, the son of John Blackadder of Inzievar, of the families of Blackadder of Blairhall and Tulliallan, and his wife, Helen, daughter of Robert Pont (1524–1606), minister of ...

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Blair, Robert (1593–1666), Church of Scotland minister, was the sixth son of John Blair of Windyedge (d. c.1598), a merchant in Irvine, Ayrshire, and his wife, Beatrix or Bessie Mure (d. 1640s), both of whom traced their descent from landed families. Having 'profited well in my bairnly studies', ...

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Boyd, Zachary (1585–1653), Church of Scotland minister and university administrator, was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, of unknown parentage. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1601, and graduated MA from St Andrews in 1607. Perhaps encouraged by his cousin Robert Boyd of Trochrig he completed his education at the protestant ...

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Brand, John (1669–1738), Church of Scotland minister and author, was born in Canongate, Edinburgh, in August 1669, the son of John Brand, of Polish descent, baker in Canongate, and Janet Barclay of the Pearston family. He was educated at schools in Musselburgh and ...

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Brown, John (c. 1610–1679), Church of Scotland minister, was probably born at Kirkcudbright and may have been the son of James and Jean Brown referred to in the letters of Samuel Rutherford. He graduated at the University of Edinburgh on 24 July 1630 and was a protester in the religious disputes of the 1650s. It seems to have been 1655 before he was ordained, in the parish of ...

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Brown, John [called the Christian Carrier] (1626/7–1685), covenanter, lived near Priesthill Farm in the parish of Muirkirk in Ayrshire, an important location for the Cameronians or society people who opposed the crown's episcopalian policies during the ‘killing times’ of the 1680s. Nothing is known of his early life. ...

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Burnet [née Kennedy], Lady Margaret (d. 1685), religious and political adviser, was the eldest daughter of John Kennedy, sixth earl of Cassillis (1601x7–1668), and his first wife, Lady Jean Hamilton (1607–1642). Known as 'the grave and solemn Earl', John Kennedy was, according to his son-in-law ...