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McLachlan, Herbert (1876–1958), historian of nonconformity and college head, was born on 22 August 1876 at Dulesgate, near Todmorden, the second son of John McLachlan (1840–1899), cotton mill manager, and his wife, Sarah Gladwell (b. 1849). His early board school education was cut short in 1889 when he joined his father's newly acquired oil and dry-salter's business at ...

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Wight, William (1730–1782), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born in Brampton, Cumberland, on 22 December 1730, the second of nine children of Robert Wight (1684–1764), a dissenting minister who in 1732 became minister of St Michael's Church in Dumfries, and ...