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Balcanquhall, Walter (c. 1586–1645), dean of Rochester, was born in Edinburgh, one of three sons of Walter Balcanquhall (1548/9–1616), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Margaret Marjoribanks. He was educated at Edinburgh University, graduating MA on 27 July 1609. Admitted to Pembroke College, Cambridge...

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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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Claudius Buchanan (1766–1815) by Frederick Christian Lewis senior, pubd 1815 (after J. Slater, 1814) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Buchanan, Claudius (1766–1815), East India Company chaplain, was born on 12 March 1766 at Cambuslang, a village near Glasgow, the second son of Alexander Buchanan (d. 1788), schoolmaster at Inveraray, Argyll, and his wife, the daughter of Claudius Somers. He commenced his education at ...

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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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Cockburn, Patrick (1678–1749), Scottish Episcopal clergyman, was the eldest son of John Cockburn (1652–1729), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife Anna (d. 1695), daughter of Alexander Garden, a leading cleric of the diocese of Aberdeen. Patrick was born at Udny, Aberdeenshire...

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Corbet, John (1603–1641), religious polemicist and Church of Scotland and Church of Ireland minister, was probably born in the Gorbals, Glasgow, the son of William Corbet, a portioner of the city. He graduated MA from Glasgow University in 1623, and as 'a Person of Good learning' was subsequently employed as a schoolmaster at ...

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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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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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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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Alexander Gordon

revised by David George Mullan

Gordon, John (1544–1619), dean of Salisbury, was born on 1 September 1544, the natural son of Alexander Gordon (c. 1516–1575), brother of the fourth earl of Huntly, and Barbara Logie; his parents married, perhaps clandestinely, only in 1546, before Alexander obtained ecclesiastical preferment. ...

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Gray, James (1770?–1830), schoolmaster, Church of England clergyman, and writer, was born, probably in 1770 (his baptism is not recorded in the parish register, but his age is given as sixty on his death certificate), in Duns, Berwickshire. His father, Thomas Gray (...

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Jenkes, Henry (d. 1697), Church of England clergyman and author, was admitted in 1642 to King's College, Aberdeen, where, described as Anglo-Borussus, he was a pupil of Alexander Middleton. He graduated MA in 1646 and was admitted, apparently by incorporation, to Emmanuel College, Cambridge...

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Keith, George (1638?–1716), Quaker schismatic and Church of England clergyman, was born in Aberdeenshire; the names of his parents are unknown, though he may have been given his Christian name after his father. He attended Marischal College, Aberdeen, where he graduated MA in 1657. ...

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Kirkwood, James (b. c. 1650, d. in or after 1709), clergyman and advocate of parochial libraries, was born in or near Dunbar. His schooling took place there, and from 1666 he studied at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in 1670. Scott's Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae...

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G. Le G. Norgate

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Marshall, James (1796–1855), Church of England clergyman, was born at Rothesay, Bute, on 23 February 1796, the son of Hugh Marshall, a doctor, and his wife, Elizabeth Wilson. When Dr Marshall died, in 1806, the family removed to Paisley. James was educated at ...