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Arnot, William (1808–1875), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Scone on 6 November 1808, the seventh and youngest child of Robert Arnot (b. 1763), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Margaret Fisher; his mother died shortly after his birth. As a boy ...

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Bannerman, James (1807–1868), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 9 April 1807 in the manse of Cargill, Perthshire, the son of James Patrick Bannerman (d. 1807), minister of Cargill. He was educated at Perth Academy and, from 1822, ...

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James Begg (1808–1883) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Begg, James (1808–1883), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born in the manse at New Monkland, Lanarkshire, on 31 October 1808. He was the second surviving son of James Begg (1762–1845), Church of Scotland minister of New Monkland, and his wife, Mary (1777–1831)...

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Beith, Alexander (1799–1891), Free Church of Scotland minister and author, was born at Campbeltown, Argyll, on 13 January 1799, the son of Gilbert Beith and Helen Elder. Beith's father, a land agent and farmer in the Kintyre district of Argyll, was well read, especially in theology and church history. After schooling in ...

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Black, Alexander (1789–1864), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born in Aberdeen on 18 January 1789, where his father was a gardener. Educated at the grammar school and at Marischal College, Aberdeen, Black's initial interest in medicine gave way to the study of divinity. Licensed by the presbytery of ...

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Blaikie, William Garden (1820–1899), Free Church of Scotland minister and writer, was born in Aberdeen on 5 February 1820, one of ten children and the second son of James Blaikie (1786–1836) of Craigiebuckler and his wife, Jane Garden (d. 1857). His father, an advocate, was lord provost of ...

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Bonar, Andrew Alexander (1810–1892), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Paterson's Court, Edinburgh, on 29 May 1810, the seventh son of James Bonar (1757–1821), solicitor of excise, and Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), daughter of James Pyott, bailie of Montrose. He was educated at ...

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Horatius Bonar (1808–1889) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bonar, Horatius (1808–1889), Free Church of Scotland minister and hymn writer, was born at Edinburgh on 19 December 1808. He was the sixth son of James Bonar, the second solicitor of excise at Edinburgh, and his wife, Marjory Maitland (d. 1854), the daughter of ...

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Brown, John (1778–1848), Free Church of Scotland minister and theological writer, was born at Glasgow, the only son of Thomas Brown, a shoemaker. He was educated in the Associate Burgher Hall at Selkirk, but joined the Church of Scotland. He was licensed by the presbytery of ...

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Bruce, Alexander Balmain (1831–1899), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born at West Lodge, Dupplin, in the Perthshire parish of Aberdalgie on 13 January 1831, the son of David Bruce, a farmer and joiner, and his wife, Margaret Robertson. Bruce received his early education at ...

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Buchanan, James (1804–1870), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born in Paisley in Scotland on 14 April 1804, son of James Buchanan, a wine merchant, and his wife, Annabella Orr. He studied at the University of Glasgow before pursuing a theology course at ...

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Buchanan, Robert (1802–1875), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born on 15 August 1802 in the village of St Ninians, near Stirling, the sixth son of Alexander Buchanan, brewer and farmer. Educated at the universities of Glasgow (1817–20) and Edinburgh (1820–25), Robert was licensed as a preacher in the ...

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Burns, Islay (1817–1872), Free Church of Scotland minister, was the sixth son of William Hamilton Burns (1779–1859), then minister of Dun and later of Kilsyth, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1879), daughter of James Chalmers, proprietor of the Aberdeen Journal. He was the brother of the missionary ...

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Burns, James Drummond (1823–1864), Free Church of Scotland minister and poet, was born in Edinburgh on 18 February 1823 and educated at Heriot's Hospital, a charitable foundation. A boyhood accident deprived him of the sight in his left eye 'and somewhat marred the beauty of a very noble countenance...

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Robert Smith Candlish (1806–1873) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Candlish, Robert Smith (1806–1873), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 23 March 1806 in Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, the youngest child of James Candlish (1760–1806), a medical lecturer, and his wife, Jane Smith (1768–1854). When he was only five weeks old, his father died, probably of a brain haemorrhage; the medical case was considered to be of such interest to the medical profession that it was recorded in ...

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Samuel Rutherford Crockett (1859–1914) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London