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Cameron, John (1725–1799), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born near Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to an Edinburgh bookseller and afterwards studied at Edinburgh University, where he was awarded the degree of MA. He belonged to the Reformed Presbyterians or ‘covenanters’ and was admitted as a probationer to that body....

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Denney, James (1856–1917), United Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 5 February 1856 in Paisley, the eldest son of John Denney and his wife, Mary Barr. His parents belonged to the Reformed Presbyterian church (the Cameronians), in which his father, a joiner, was a deacon. When he was four months old his parents moved to ...

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Gillespie, James, of Spylaw (1726–1797), tobacconist and benefactor, was born in 1726, probably at Roslin, near Edinburgh. He had one sister and a younger brother. His family were members of the Cameronians, or reformed Presbyterians, a strict nonconformist sect. Gillespie began his career as a tobacconist and, in partnership with his brother, ...

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Laidlaw, John (1832–1906), United Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, born at Edinburgh on 7 April 1832, was the only child of Walter Laidlaw and his wife, Margaret Brydon. He was brought up in a strict and traditional family: his ancestors for generations had been sheep farmers, and his parents were members of the strongly Calvinistic ...

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MacLellan, Maud Lilburn (1903–1977), commanding officer of the FANY, was born on 6 October 1903 at 37 Athole Gardens, Kelvinside, Glasgow, one of two daughters of the three children of Walter Thomas MacLellan (1858–1931), iron merchant, and his wife, Jane Adair Whyte (1868–1947)...

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Macmillan, John (1669–1753), Reformed Presbyterian church minister, the son of John Macmillan, a farmer, was born at Barncauchlaw, Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. South-west Scotland was an area with a close attachment to the covenanter Richard Cameron, and Macmillan grew up amid strong influences towards the old Presbyterian ways, which were increasingly felt to be compromised in the settlement of 1690. While a student in the arts faculty of the ...

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Muir, (John) Ramsay Bryce (1872–1941), historian and politician, was born on 30 September 1872 at Otterburn, Northumberland, the oldest of five children of the Revd Alexander Bryce Muir and his wife, Jane, daughter of Thomas Rowatt of Edinburgh. Muir's father, Reformed Presbyterian minister at ...

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(John) Ramsay Bryce Muir (1872–1941) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Paton, John Gibson (1824–1907), missionary, was born on 24 May 1824 at Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was the eldest of the five sons and six daughters of James Paton, a stocking weaver, and his wife, Janet Jardine Rogerson. The family were members of the ...

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John Gibson Paton (1824–1907) by unknown photographer, 1884 © National Portrait Gallery, London