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Anderson, William (1799–1872), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 6 January 1799, at Kilsyth, near Glasgow, the second son of Revd John Anderson, a minister of a congregation of the Relief church. He was educated at Glasgow University, and became a minister in the same communion as his father, having been ordained in 1822 as pastor of the congregation in ...

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Baillie, John (1741–1806), minister of the Secession church, was trained for the ministry by John Swanston of Kinross and became minister to the Carliol Street congregation in Newcastle upon Tyne about 1769. He was a popular preacher, but his convivial habits resulted in behaviour inappropriate for a minister and led eventually to his suspension in 1784. He drifted into debtor's prison but managed to escape to ...

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Baine, James (1710–1790), minister of the Relief church, was born at Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, the son of the Revd James Baine (1676–1755) and Grizel, née Semple (d. 1756). He was educated at the parish school, then at the grammar school in Dumbarton before studying at the universities of ...

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Bell, Thomas (1733–1802), minister of the Relief church, was born at Moffat on 24 December 1733, of parentage unknown. After attending the local parish school he went to the University of Edinburgh, where he left the Church of Scotland and joined the Relief church...

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Boston, Thomas (1713–1767), a founder of the Relief church, was born at Ettrick, Selkirkshire, on 3 April 1713, the youngest son of Thomas Boston (1676–1732) and Katharine Boston, née Brown (1674–1737). After receiving his early education from his father and his brother John...

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Bower, Alexander (1774–1837), writer and minister of the Relief church, was born in Edinburgh on 18 March 1774, the son of John Bower, weaver, and Janet Matthew. The elder Bower, according to a relative, John Campbell (1766–1840), was an elder in the Relief church...

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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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Campbell, John (1766–1840), Congregational minister and missions activist in Africa, was born at The Cowgate, Edinburgh, and was educated at the Royal High School (c.1772–c.1778), where he was a classmate of Sir Walter Scott. Both his parents died in his early childhood, and he was brought up by his mother's brother. Under the influence of his family's piety, he became a deeply religious young man who served as session clerk in ...

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John Campbell (1766–1840) by Thomas Hodgetts, pubd 1819 (after John Renton) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Douglas, Niel [pseud. Britannicus] (1750–1823), poet and minister of the Relief church, was educated at the University of Glasgow, and married Mary Anne Isabella Millar on 26 August 1787. As minister of the Relief church at Cupar, Fife, he published Sermons on Important Subjects, with some Essays in Poetry...