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Ballantyne, John (1778–1830), United Secession minister, was born in the parish of Kinghorn in Fife on 8 May 1778. After being educated in the village school at Lochgelly, he entered the University of Edinburgh in 1795, and joined the Burgher branch of the ...


Hamilton, Gavin (1751–1805), landowner, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, the youngest of five sons of John Hamilton of Kype, an attorney, and Jacobina Young, his first wife. Hamilton worked in his father's law office. Like his parents Hamilton was unconcerned with social niceties, a quality that endeared him to ...


Peddie, James (1759–1845), minister of the Secession church, was born in Perth on 10 February 1759, the only surviving son of James Peddie, brewer, and his second wife, Ann Rattray. He was educated at the grammar school in Perth, spending some time with a private tutor before attending ...