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Cumming, John (1807–1881), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born at Fintray, Aberdeenshire, on 10 November 1807. He was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and, from 1822, at the University of Aberdeen, where he studied under Professor Duncan Mearns, who inspired his strong allegiance to the established church. He graduated MA in 1827, and continued his studies at the ...

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John Cumming (1807–1881) by Mason & Co., c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Davidson, John Thain (1833–1904), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born on 25 April 1833 at Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, one of the twin sons of David Davidson (d. 1843), parish minister of Broughty Ferry, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Dawson, Grahame George (1895–1944), air force officer, was born in East Finchley, Middlesex, on 18 March 1895, the second of the three children of Albert Dawson (1866–1930), a journalist, editor, and (from 1901 to 1919) principal proprietor of the weekly Christian Commonwealth, and his wife, ...

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Duncan [née Clark], Isabelle Wight (1812–1878), author, was born on 2 July 1812 at Dumfries, Scotland, the third and youngest daughter of Samuel Clark (1768–1814), Dumfriesshire clerk of the peace, and his second wife, Elizabeth Nicolson (fl. 1790–1864), of Kendal, Westmorland...

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Farmer, Herbert Henry (1892–1981), theologian, was born in Highbury, London, on 27 November 1892, the youngest of the four sons (there were no daughters) of William Charles Farmer, journeyman cabinet-maker, and his wife, Mary Ann Buck. He attended Owen's School in Islington, going from there as a scholar to ...

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Fenn, (John) Eric (1899–1995), Presbyterian minister and broadcaster, was born at 2 Kilmore Road, Forest Hill, London, on 3 June 1899, the fourth son of (Joseph) Louis Herbert Fenn (1855/6–1935), secretary to the National Temperance League, and his wife, Jessie Mary, née Maxted (1861/2–1936)...

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Fraser, Donald (1826–1892), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, born at Inverness on 15 January 1826, was the second son of John Fraser (d. 1852), a merchant and shipowner of Inverness and provost of the burgh, and his wife, Lillias, daughter of ...

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Gibson [née Smith], Margaret Dunlop (1843–1920), Arabic and Syriac scholar, was born on 16 April 1843 in Irvine, Ayrshire, the younger twin daughter of John Smith (d. 1866), writer to the signet, and his wife, Margaret, née Dunlop (d. 1843, three weeks after the twins' birth), both Scottish Presbyterians. Her father became wealthy on inheriting ...