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W. P. Courtney

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Aitken, Robert (1800–1873), Church of England clergyman, was born on 22 January 1800 at Crailing, near Jedburgh, a son of Robert Aitken, schoolmaster, and his wife, Ann Heron. He was educated at Jedburgh grammar school and the University of Edinburgh. As a young man he felt dissatisfaction with the presbyterianism of his upbringing and, under the influence of ...

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Bates, William (1625–1699), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in November 1625, the son of William Bates, gentleman, of St Mary Magdalene parish, Bermondsey, Surrey. He matriculated on 9 July 1641 at New Inn Hall, Oxford, but moved to Cambridge after the occupation of ...

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Blair, James (1655/6–1743), Church of England clergyman and founder of the College of William and Mary, was the son of Peter Blair (d. 1673), Church of Scotland minister of St Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh, and his wife, Mary Hamilton (d. in or after 1696)...

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James Blair (1655/66–1743) by Charles Bridges Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary

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Blair, John (d. 1782), Church of England clergyman and chronologist, was descended from the Blairs of Balthayock, Perthshire, although precise information about his parents, date of birth, and early years is lacking. He was born and educated in Edinburgh, where he trained for a career in the ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Brydson, Thomas (1804–1855), clergyman and poet, was born in Glasgow on 12 October 1804, the son of William Brydson, merchant, and his wife, Margaret, née MacGeorge. After completing courses of study at the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh he became a licentiate of the established church of ...

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Clark, Andrew (1856–1922), Church of England clergyman, scholar, and diarist, was born on 5 June 1856 at Dollarfield, Clackmannanshire, the fifth son of Robert Clark, a farm worker, and his wife, Eliza Bowie. He was educated at Dollar Academy and from 1871 to 1875 at the ...

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Cockburn, John (1652–1729), Church of Scotland minister and Church of England clergyman, was born on 20 April 1652, the son of John Cockburn (c.1620–1658), a tailor in the Canongate, Edinburgh, and his wife, Sarah Inglis (d. 1688). In 1666 he entered ...

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Crow, Francis (1627–1692/3), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of Patrick Crow of Heugh Head in Berwickshire, Scotland, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Clapperton, minister of Coldstream, Berwickshire. He studied theology at Sedan under Pierre du Moulin, but returned to Scotland and for a few months acted as usher under ...

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Cunningham, William (1849–1919), economic historian and Church of England clergyman, was born on 29 December 1849 at 50 Queen Street, Edinburgh, the second of three children born to James Cunningham, a lawyer, and his second wife, Elizabeth Boyle Dunlop, youngest daughter of Alexander Dunlop...

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William Cunningham (1849–1919) by William Strang, 1908 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Dawson, Benjamin (1729–1814), Church of England clergyman and philologist, was born in Halifax, the sixth of the seven sons of Eli Dawson (d. 1744), Presbyterian minister of Morley, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Taylor. He and his brother Thomas Dawson (c. 1725–1782)...

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Downing, Calybute (1606–1644), Church of England clergyman and author, was born in Shenington, Gloucestershire, the son of Calybute Downing (d. 1644), lord of the manor of Sugarswell in Tysoe, Warwickshire, and his wife, Ann Hoogan (d. 1630), daughter of Edmund Hoogan...

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Edalji, Shapurji (1841/2–1918), Church of England clergyman and victim of racial harassment, was born in Bombay, in late 1841 or early 1842, son of Doralji Edalji, a Parsi merchant. Educated at Elphinstone College, he was converted to Christianity in 1856, aged fourteen, by the ...

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Fairfax, John (1623/4–1700), clergyman and ejected minister, was born in Norfolk, the second son of four sons and six daughters of Benjamin Fairfax (or Fayerfaxe; 1592–1675/6) and his wife, Sarah Gallard (d. 1671). Benjamin was the son of John Fairfax, master of the ...

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Fall, James (1646/7–1711), university principal and Church of Scotland and Church of England clergyman, was born of unknown parents, who were related to merchants in Leith and Dunbar. He graduated MA at Edinburgh University in 1665. After serving as governor in the family of ...

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Finch, Henry (bap. 1633, d. 1704), clergyman and ejected minister, was born at Standish, Lancashire, where he was baptized on 8 September 1633. The son of Peter Finch and his wife Katherine, he was educated at the grammar schools of Standish and Wigan...

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Fuller, Francis (1636?–1701), clergyman and ejected minister, was the son of John Fuller (d. 1660), then vicar of Stebbing, Essex, and later rector of St Martin Pomeroy, Ironmonger Lane, London, and his wife, Dorcas. He was the younger brother of Thomas Fuller...

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Geddes, Michael (c. 1647–1713), Church of England clergyman, was born in Scotland, the son of Robert Geddes of ‘Cornhill in Marcy's’ (probably Cornhill, Aberdeenshire), gentleman. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MA in 1668. He matriculated at ...

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Gordon, Charles William [pseud. Ralph Connor] (1860–1937), clergyman and author, was born at Indian Lands, Glengarry county, Canada West, on 13 September 1860, the fourth son of Daniel Gordon (1822–1912), a Free Church minister who had emigrated to Canada from Blair Atholl...