- A. B. Macaulay
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Whyte, Alexander (1836–1921), United Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, on 13 January 1836. His parents were John Whyte (1812–1871) and Janet Thomson (d. 1882); they never married. His father left Kirriemuir and Alexander was brought up by his mother, who earned her living as a weaver and harvester; the boy owed much to her influence, and to that of two local ministers and several keenly intelligent artisans. Abandoning the shoemaking trade, to which he had served his apprenticeship, ...