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Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer to the signet, who died in Naples on 5 April 1791, and Ann Graham (...

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Thomas Erskine of Linlathen (1788–1870) attrib. Charles Baillod Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Shairp, Sir John, of Houston (d. 1607), advocate, was the eldest son of James Shairp, baxter (baker), burgess of Edinburgh, and, probably, his wife, Janet Morys. He matriculated at St Leonard's College at the University of St Andrews in 1553, and graduated MA, probably in the late 1550s. Having accepted protestantism, ...