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Thompson Cooper

revised by M. J. Mercer

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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[Anon.]

revised by Rosemary Mitchell

Ballantyne, John (1778–1830), United Secession minister, was born in the parish of Kinghorn in Fife on 8 May 1778. After being educated in the village school at Lochgelly, he entered the University of Edinburgh in 1795, and joined the Burgher branch of the ...

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W. G. Blaikie

revised by Lionel Alexander Ritchie

Balmer, Robert (1787–1844), United Secession minister and theologian, was born at Ormiston Mains, in the parish of Eckford, Roxburghshire, on 22 November 1787, the eldest of four children of Thomas Balmer and Margaret Biggar (d. 1839). Sickly as a child, he later enjoyed tolerably good health apart from problems with his eyesight. His parents were both seceders although they adhered, quite amicably, to different congregations. His father, a land steward, died when ...

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Belfrage, Henry (1774–1835), United Secession minister and writer, was born in Falkirk, Stirlingshire, on 24 March 1774, the fourth son in a family of seven daughters and five sons. His father, John Belfrage (1736–1798), was minister of the Erskine church, where his wife, ...

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Brown, John (1784–1858), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born at Burnhead, Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, on 12 July 1784, the third child and eldest son of the Secession minister John Brown of Whitburn (1754–1832) and his first wife, Isabella Cranston (...

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Cairns, John (1818–1892), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born on 23 August 1818 at Ayton Hill, Berwickshire, the third of eight children of John Cairns (1790?–1841), shepherd, and his wife, Alison Murray (1788?–1860). Cairns was raised in the strict but loving environment provided by his godly parents within the tradition of Presbyterian dissent: the family belonged to its largest branch, the ...

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Calderwood, Henry (1808?–1865), missionary and government official, was born in Peebles, the son of Henry Calderwood (1772/3?–1842), and his wife, Elizabeth née Mudie (1773/4?–1835), members of the Secession church. He was educated at Edinburgh University and entered the Divinity Hall of the ...

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Chisholm, Sir Samuel, baronet (1836–1923), local politician and temperance campaigner, was born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on 23 September 1836, the eldest son in the family of four sons and three daughters of John Chisholm (c.1810–1882), a tobacco manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Sir Samuel Chisholm, baronet (1836–1923) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Cultural and Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council

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Culbertson, Robert (1765–1823), United Secession minister, was born at Morebattle, Roxburghshire, on 21 September 1765, one of the seven children of James Culbertson (1727/8–1826), a tenant farmer and a member of the Secession church, and his wife, Janet. He was educated at Morebattle parish school...