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Hamilton, James (bap. 1740, d. 1827), physician and Methodist preacher, was baptized at Dunbar on 26 November 1740, which was possibly also the day of his birth, the fourth of six children of James Hamilton (1696–1768), surgeon, bailie, and kirk elder, and his first wife, ...

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Smedley, John (1803–1874), hydropathy practitioner and Free Methodist leader, was born on 12 June 1803 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, the eldest son of John Smedley (d. 1840), mill owner, and his wife, Mary. On his mother's side he descended from a long line of ...