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Baird, John (d. 1804), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster and Church of Ireland clergyman, a native of Paisley, Renfrewshire, was educated at Edinburgh University, and in 1763 was ordained by the Edinburgh presbytery for a congregation in the Isle of Man...

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Bankhead, John (1738–1833), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born into a family that is thought to have come from Bank Head, Edinburghshire, and settled near Clough, co. Antrim. He is believed to have been educated at Glasgow University but his name is not in any college register. He was licensed by ...

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Barber, Samuel (1737/8–1811), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the younger son of John Barber, a farmer near Killead, co. Antrim, and his wife, Sarah. He matriculated from the University of Glasgow in 1757 and graduated MA two years later. Having completed his ‘trials’ with the ...

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Birch, Thomas Ledlie (1754–1828), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born at Birch Grove, Gilford, co. Down, the youngest child of John Birch, linen merchant and farmer, and Jane Ledlie (1716–1791). He graduated MA from Glasgow University in 1772. He was licensed by ...

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Black, Robert (1752–1817), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the eldest son of Valentine Black, a farmer at Mullabrack, co. Armagh. In 1770 he entered the class of ethics under Dr Thomas Reid at Glasgow University. He was licensed by the ...

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Alexander Gordon

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Blakely, Fletcher (1783–1862), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, was born on 13 May 1783 at Ballyroney, co. Down. He was the youngest son of Joseph Bleakly, a farmer, and was named after the Revd William Fletcher (d. 1824), Presbyterian minister of Ballyroney, who gave him his early education; both his parents died when he was very young. In 1799 he entered ...

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Boyd, William (1685–1772), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was probably a son of Thomas Boyd (d. 1699), Presbyterian minister of Aghadowey, co. Londonderry. He graduated MA at Edinburgh University in 1702, was licensed by the Route presbytery in 1707, and ordained at ...

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Bruce, James (1660/61–1730), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was the eldest son of the Revd Michael Bruce (1635–1693), minister of Killinchy, co. Down, and his wife, Jean (fl. 1659–1683); he was born at the time that his father was ejected for nonconformity by ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by S. J. Skedd

Bruce, Michael (1686–1735), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, was born on 27 July 1686, the eldest son in the family of ten children of James Bruce (1660/61–1730), minister of Killyleagh, co. Down, and Margaret Traill (d. 1706). The bookseller William Bruce was a younger brother. Having been educated at ...

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Bruce, William (1757–1841), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, was born in Dublin on 30 July 1757, the son of Samuel Bruce (1722–1767), minister of the Wood Street (later Strand Street) Presbyterian congregation in the city, and of Rose Rainey of Magherafelt, co. Londonderry. His family had supplied Presbyterian clergymen in both ...