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Boston, Thomas (1676–1732), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 17 March 1676 at Duns, Berwickshire, the youngest of seven children of John Boston (1631–1701), a cooper, and his wife, Alison Trotter (d. 1691). Although he laboured in obscure parishes ...

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Thomas Boston (1676–1732) by Robert Scott © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bruce, Michael (1635–1693), Church of Scotland minister, was born at Newtown, Stirlingshire, the third and youngest son of Patrick Bruce and his wife, Janet, daughter of John Jackson, an Edinburgh merchant. After receiving his MA degree from Edinburgh University in 1654 Bruce began to preach about 1656. In a letter dated 3 July 1657 the presbyterian minister ...

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Forrester, Thomas (c. 1635–1706), Church of Scotland minister, was born at Stirling and was the eldest son of David Forrester (d. in or before 1686), local politician, and his first wife, Mary Erskine, possibly the illegitimate daughter of John Erskine of Balgorie...

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Hamilton, James (d. 1666), Church of Scotland minister, was the second son of Gawen Hamilton, merchant and landowner, and Helen Dunlop; he was the grandson of Hans Hamilton, vicar of Dunlop, Scotland. His father drowned when he was young but he received a good education at ...

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Rule, Gilbert (c. 1629–1701), Church of Scotland minister, is of unknown parents and background. Nothing is known of his early years, but in 1647 he was a student at the University of St Andrews, and in 1651 he became a regent at King's College, Aberdeen...