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Cranston [married name Cochrane], Catherine [Kate] (1849–1934), tea-room proprietor, was born on 27 May 1849 at 39 George Square, Glasgow. Often known as Kate, she was the only daughter and youngest of the three children of George Cranston, hotel-keeper (1817–1899), and his wife, ...

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Davidson, John (1857–1909), schoolteacher and writer, was born on 11 April 1857 at Barrhead, Renfrewshire, the son of Alexander Davidson, a minister of the Evangelical Union, and his wife, Helen Davidson, née Crockett. When he was nine the family moved to Greenock, Renfrewshire...

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Fairbairn, Andrew Martin (1838–1912), Congregational minister and college head, was born at Inverkeithing, Fife, on 4 November 1838. He came of covenanting stock and received strict religious training. He was the second son of John Fairbairn, a miller, and a leader in the ...

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Andrew Martin Fairbairn (1838–1912) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Farquhar, John Nicol (1861–1929), missionary and Indologist, was born on 6 April 1861 in Constitution Street, Aberdeen, the eldest of three children and only son of a local businessman, George Farquhar, and his wife, Christian Alexander. At the age of twelve he was apprenticed to an ...

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Guthrie, Sir James (1859–1930), painter, was born on 10 June 1859 in Greenock, the youngest son of an Evangelical Union clergyman, the Revd John Guthrie DD (d. 1878), and his wife, Ann Orr. Guthrie initially attended Glasgow University, where he studied law. In 1877, under the influence of the academician ...

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Hardie, (James) Keir [formerly James Kerr] (1856–1915), founder of the Labour Party, was born in Legbrannock, Lanarkshire, on 15 August 1856. He was the illegitimate son of a farm servant, Mary Kerr, and was named James Kerr. The probable father was William Aitken...

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(James) Keir Hardie (1856–1915) by George Charles Beresford, 1905 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Morison, James (1816–1893), United Secession minister and a founder of the Evangelical Union, was born at the Secession manse at Bathgate, Linlithgowshire, on 14 February 1816, one of three children of Robert Morison (1782–1855), a minister in the Secession church, and his wife, ...

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Scott, John William Robertson (1866–1962), journalist, was born on 20 April 1866 at Wigton in Cumberland, the second of eight children (the first died in infancy) of David Young Crozier Scott (1844–1887), commercial traveller and temperance orator, and his wife, Janet (1843–1905), daughter of ...