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Bethune, John (1725–1774), Church of Scotland minister and philosopher, was born on 6 September 1725 and baptized John Beton six days later, the son of Ferchard or Farquhar Beton or Bethune (1694–1746), minister of Croy, Nairnshire, of the Bethunes of Skye, and Margaret Rose (...

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Binning, Hugh (1627–1653), philosopher and Church of Scotland minister, was born at Dalvenan, Ayrshire, the son of John Binning, the proprietor of Dalvenan, and Margaret M'Kell, daughter of Matthew M'Kell (or M'Kail), the parish clergyman of Bothwell, Lanarkshire. Margaret M'Kell's brother Hugh M'Kail...

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Finlayson, James (1758–1808), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 2 March 1758 at his family's farm at Nether Cambushenie, Dunblane, Perthshire, the eldest son of William Finlayson. He was educated first at a local school in Kinbuck, then at the grammar school in ...

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Gerard, Alexander (1728–1795), Church of Scotland minister and philosopher, was born on 22 February 1728 at Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, the eldest son of Gilbert Gerard (d. 1738), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Marjory Mitchell (d. 1785), the daughter of ...

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Oswald, James (1703–1793), Church of Scotland minister and philosophical writer, was born on 23 July 1703, the eldest of four children of George Oswald (1664–1726), minister of Dunnet, in Caithness, and his wife, Margaret Murray (d. 1747). A comment in one of his letters to his wealthy and influential brother ...

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Rutherford, John (c. 1520–1577), philosopher and Church of Scotland minister, was born in Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, the second son of Andrew or Archibald Rutherford, a canon of the Augustinian house at Jedburgh, and a daughter of the Douglas family of Bonjedward. Rutherford studied under ...