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J. H. Thorpe

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Boswell, Robert (1746–1804), Glasite preacher, was a descendant of the Auchinleck family in Ayrshire. He received a classical education and became a writer to the signet in Edinburgh. While still young he became a Glasite, or Sandemanian, and was chosen by the church in ...


Glas, John (1695–1773), founder of the Glasite or Sandemanian church, was born on 21 September 1695, at Auchtermuchty, Fife, and baptized there on 3 October the only son of Alexander Glas (c.1653–1725), minister of Auchtermuchty and later of Kinclaven, Perthshire, and ...


John Glas (1695–1773) by James Macardell (after William Millar) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Sandeman, Robert (1718–1771), promoter of the Glasite church, was born in Perth on 29 April 1718, the eldest son and second of the twelve children of David Sandeman, linen weaver, and his wife, Margaret Ramsay. After being apprenticed in the family linen-weaving business, he attended ...