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Cameron, John (1725–1799), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born near Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to an Edinburgh bookseller and afterwards studied at Edinburgh University, where he was awarded the degree of MA. He belonged to the Reformed Presbyterians or ‘covenanters’ and was admitted as a probationer to that body....

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Denney, James (1856–1917), United Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 5 February 1856 in Paisley, the eldest son of John Denney and his wife, Mary Barr. His parents belonged to the Reformed Presbyterian church (the Cameronians), in which his father, a joiner, was a deacon. When he was four months old his parents moved to ...

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Gillespie, James, of Spylaw (1726–1797), tobacconist and benefactor, was born in 1726, probably at Roslin, near Edinburgh. He had one sister and a younger brother. His family were members of the Cameronians, or reformed Presbyterians, a strict nonconformist sect. Gillespie began his career as a tobacconist and, in partnership with his brother, ...

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Laidlaw, John (1832–1906), United Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, born at Edinburgh on 7 April 1832, was the only child of Walter Laidlaw and his wife, Margaret Brydon. He was brought up in a strict and traditional family: his ancestors for generations had been sheep farmers, and his parents were members of the strongly Calvinistic ...

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Macmillan, John (1669–1753), Reformed Presbyterian church minister, the son of John Macmillan, a farmer, was born at Barncauchlaw, Minnigaff, near Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire. South-west Scotland was an area with a close attachment to the covenanter Richard Cameron, and Macmillan grew up amid strong influences towards the old Presbyterian ways, which were increasingly felt to be compromised in the settlement of 1690. While a student in the arts faculty of the ...

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(John) Ramsay Bryce Muir (1872–1941) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Muir, (John) Ramsay Bryce (1872–1941), historian and politician, was born on 30 September 1872 at Otterburn, Northumberland, the oldest of five children of the Revd Alexander Bryce Muir and his wife, Jane, daughter of Thomas Rowatt of Edinburgh. Muir's father, Reformed Presbyterian minister at ...

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John Gibson Paton (1824–1907) by unknown photographer, 1884 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Paton, John Gibson (1824–1907), missionary, was born on 24 May 1824 at Kirkmahoe, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. He was the eldest of the five sons and six daughters of James Paton, a stocking weaver, and his wife, Janet Jardine Rogerson. The family were members of the ...

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Paul, John (1777–1848), Reformed Presbyterian church minister and religious controversialist, was born in January 1777 at Tobernaveen, near Antrim, where his father, John Paul, was a farmer. Having determined to become a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian body, to which his parents belonged, he entered the ...

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Raleigh, Alexander (1817–1880), Congregational minister, was born at The Flock, a farm near Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, on 3 January 1817. He was the fourth son and the fifth of the nine children born to Thomas and Isabella Raleigh. His parents were members of the ...

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William Smellie (1740–1795) by John Brown, 1783 The Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Smellie, William (1740–1795), printer, editor, and author, was born in the Pleasance, a suburb of old Edinburgh, the second among six children of Alexander Smellie (1699–1752), a mason and master builder. His mother's identity is unknown and his own birth date uncertain because his father followed the Cameronians, an outlawed Presbyterian sect that eschewed record keeping for fear of persecution. His religious practices estranged ...

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Symington, Andrew (1785–1853), Reformed Presbyterian (Cameronian) minister, eldest son of a Paisley merchant, was born in that town on 26 June 1785. William Symington was his brother. After attending Paisley grammar school for four years he entered Glasgow University, where he carried off first-class honours in mathematics, natural philosophy, and divinity, and graduated MA in 1803. He was destined for the ministry of the ...

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Symington, William (1795–1862), Reformed Presbyterian (Cameronian) minister, younger brother of Andrew Symington, was born at Paisley on 2 June 1795, son of a merchant of that town. From an early age he intended to be ordained, and at the age of fifteen he entered the ...