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Mather, Alexander (1733–1800), Wesleyan Methodist preacher, was born in February 1733 at Brechin in Forfarshire. His parents, of whom little is known, instructed him 'early in the principles of religion' and consequently he was 'an utter stranger to the vices common among men'. When he was 'about ten years old', on hearing his schoolteacher pray, he 'was struck with strong convictions' and gained 'a desire to be a Christian' (...