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Arbuthnot, Alexander (1538–1583), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was the second son of Andrew Arbuthnot of Pitcarles in Kincardineshire. He himself wrote a valuable history of the Arbuthnot family, which survives as MS 2764 in Aberdeen University Library. He was educated at ...

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Arthur, Archibald (1744–1797), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 6 September 1744 at Abbot's Inch, Renfrewshire, the eldest son of the farmer Andrew Arthur and his wife, Jean Snodgrass. After being taught at home by his parents, he attended ...

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Baird, George Husband (1761–1840), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was a native of the parish of Bo'ness on the Forth, Linlithgowshire, where his father, a landed gentleman of Stirlingshire, rented a farm from the duke of Hamilton. Born on 13 July 1761 at ...

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Barclay, Robert (1611/12–1682), Roman Catholic priest and college head, was born probably in Kincardineshire, the youngest of the four sons of David Barclay (1580–1660) of Mathers and Elizabeth Livingston, daughter of Sir John Livingston of Dunnipace. He graduated MA from Aberdeen University in 1633. After conversion to Roman Catholicism, ...

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Thomas Barclay (1792–1873) by Thomas Annan, pubd 1871 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, Thomas (1792–1873), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born at Unst, in Shetland, in June 1792, the youngest of the five sons of James Barclay (1745–1793), the minister of the parish, and his wife, Ursula, daughter of William Archibald, James Barclay's...

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Blackwell, Thomas (1660?–1728), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was probably born in Glasgow, the son of a covenanting calenderer, Thomas Blackwell, and his wife, Janet Knox. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he apparently earned an MA in 1684. He was licensed to preach on 23 February 1693 and received a call to become a minister from the ...

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Blair, Hugh (1718–1800), Church of Scotland minister and literary critic, was born in Edinburgh on 7 April 1718, the only child of John Blair, a clerk in the Excise Office, and Martha, daughter of Alexander Ogston, an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife, Martha...

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Brown, William Laurence (1755–1830), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born in Utrecht on 7 January 1755, the second son of William Brown (1719–1791), minister of the Scots Kirk in Utrecht, and Janet Ogilvie (bap. 1724, d. 1813). In 1757 his father was appointed professor of ecclesiastical history at ...

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Caird, John (1820–1898), Church of Scotland minister, theologian, and university principal, was born on 15 December 1820 in Greenock, the eldest of seven sons of John Caird (d. 1838), marine engineer, and Janet Young (d. 1889) of Port Glasgow. His younger brother ...

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John Caird (1820–1898) by Thomas Annan, pubd 1871 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, George (1719–1796), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was born on 25 December 1719 in Aberdeen, the fifth of six children of Colin Campbell (1678–1728), a Church of Scotland minister, and Margaret Walker (d. 1747), daughter of a prominent Aberdeen...

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George Campbell (1719–1796) by Caroline Watson, pubd 1798 (after John Bogle) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell, Neil (1678–1761), university principal and Church of Scotland minister, was the son of Major John Campbell of Glenaray and his wife, Jean Campbell of Pennymore. His mother later married the Revd Patrick Campbell (1633–1700) of Glenaray, after which Neil was educated at home, and then apparently completed his divinity studies at the ...

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Charteris, Henry (c. 1565–1628), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was the eldest son of Henry Charteris (d. 1599), a printer in Edinburgh, and his first wife, probably Katherine Ker (d. 1577). He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, being one of the first students taught by ...

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Colville, William (d. 1675), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was from Cleish, Kinross-shire, and was the brother of Sir Robert Colville of Cleish. He appears to have graduated MA from St Andrews University in 1631 and was ordained to the ministry and appointed to his first charge at ...

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Dunlop, William (1692–1720), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born in Glasgow, the younger son of William Dunlop (1653/4–1700), principal of Glasgow University, and his wife, Sarah Carstairs, a cousin. His elder brother was Alexander Dunlop (1684–1747). Educated at Edinburgh, Glasgow...

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Fall, James (1646/7–1711), university principal and Church of Scotland and Church of England clergyman, was born of unknown parents, who were related to merchants in Leith and Dunbar. He graduated MA at Edinburgh University in 1665. After serving as governor in the family of ...

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Ferme [Fairholm], Charles (1565/6–1617), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born in Edinburgh of unknown parents. He was brought up in the family of Alexander Guthrie, town clerk of Edinburgh, and entered the university there in 1584. In 1588 he graduated MA, and in October that year was an unsuccessful candidate for a regency. He studied Hebrew and theology, and was elected regent in 1589, in which capacity he graduated a class of nineteen on 12 August 1593, and another of thirty-five on 30 July 1597. Among his students were ...

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Findlay, Robert (1721–1814), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, on 23 May 1721, the son of William Findlay of Waxford, merchant in the town, and Barbara, daughter of Robert Hodgirt, a Kilmarnock surgeon–apothecary. He was educated at the ...