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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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Caird, Edward (1835–1908), philosopher and college head, was born on 23 March 1835 in Greenock. His father, John Caird (1787–1838), the partner and manager of a firm of engineers in Greenock and a deeply religious man, died while Edward was still an infant. His mother, ...

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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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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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Fairbairn, Andrew Martin (1838–1912), Congregational minister and college head, was born at Inverkeithing, Fife, on 4 November 1838. He came of covenanting stock and received strict religious training. He was the second son of John Fairbairn, a miller, and a leader in the ...

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Falconer, Sir Robert Alexander (1867–1943), university principal and biblical scholar in Canada, was born on 10 February 1867 at the manse, Zion Church, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, the eldest of the three children (Robert, James, and Jean) of the Revd Alexander Falconer (1838–1911)...

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Giles, Peter (1860–1935), philologist and college head, was born at Strichen in the district of Buchan, Aberdeenshire, on 20 October 1860, the eldest son of Peter Giles (d. c.1865), a factor, and his wife, Margaret Eddie Brown (d. 1905), who on her mother's side was of highland descent from ...

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Maitland, Agnes Catherine (1849–1906), college head, was born on 12 April 1849 at 12 Gloucester Terrace, Paddington, Middlesex, the second daughter of David John Maitland, a merchant, formerly of Chipperkyle, Galloway, and his wife, Matilda Leathes Mortlock. When Agnes was five years old the family moved to ...

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Rollock, Robert (1555–1599), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was the son of David Rollock (d. 1579), laird of Powis near Stirling, and Mary Livingston. At the time of his father's death on 14 March 1579, Rollock is known to have had one younger brother, ...

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Sidgwick [née Balfour], Eleanor Mildred (1845–1936), college head, known to family and friends as Nora, was born at Whittingehame, East Lothian, on 11 March 1845, the eldest of a family of five sons and three daughters born to James Maitland Balfour (1820–1856) MP...

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Tulloch, John (1823–1886), Church of Scotland minister and university principal, was born, one of twin sons, on 1 June 1823 at his maternal grandfather's farm at Dron, Perthshire. His mother was Elizabeth, the daughter of a Perthshire farmer named Maclaren. His father, William Weir Tulloch...

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Witherspoon, John (1723–1794), Church of Scotland minister and college head in America, was born on or about 5 February 1723 at Gifford in Yester parish, Haddingtonshire, Scotland. He was the eldest son of James Witherspoon (1691–1759), minister of Yester, and his wife, Anne (...