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John Cumming (1807–1881) by Mason & Co., c. 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cumming, John (1807–1881), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born at Fintray, Aberdeenshire, on 10 November 1807. He was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and, from 1822, at the University of Aberdeen, where he studied under Professor Duncan Mearns, who inspired his strong allegiance to the established church. He graduated MA in 1827, and continued his studies at the ...

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Davidson, John Thain (1833–1904), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born on 25 April 1833 at Broughty Ferry, near Dundee, one of the twin sons of David Davidson (d. 1843), parish minister of Broughty Ferry, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Fraser, Donald (1826–1892), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, born at Inverness on 15 January 1826, was the second son of John Fraser (d. 1852), a merchant and shipowner of Inverness and provost of the burgh, and his wife, Lillias, daughter of ...

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Johnston, James (1819–1905), missionary and minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born in Sweethorpe, Berwickshire, on 18 December 1819, the son of Peter Johnston, of Sweethorpe, and Agnes Wilson. The family moved to Girrick Farm, Nenthorn, when Johnston was five. At the age of sixteen he was apprenticed to a draper in ...

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Lorimer, Peter (1812–1879), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, born in Edinburgh, was the eldest son of John Lorimer, builder. He was educated at the Royal High School and George Heriot's Hospital in that city, and thereafter proceeded, with a bursary, to the ...

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MacLeod, Alexander (1817–1891), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born at Nairn on 17 October 1817, the son of Alexander MacLeod, excise officer, and Mary, his wife. He was educated at Nairn Academy and at Carlton School, Glasgow, and attended the ...

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William McKerrow (1803–1878) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McKerrow, William (1803–1878), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England and educationist, was born on 7 September 1803, the son of William and Elizabeth (née Muir) McKerrow of Kilmarnock. His parents were keen supporters of the Burgher section of the Secession church...

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Orchard, William Edwin (1877–1955), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England and Roman Catholic priest, was born on 20 November 1877 at Wing Road, Linslade, Buckinghamshire, the eldest child of John Orchard (d. 1899) and his wife, Fanny, née Braggins (d...

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Paton, William (1886–1943), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England and missionary, was born on 13 November 1886 at Brixton, London, son of James Paton (d. 1943), sales manager of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, and his wife, Elizabeth Dunlop. The elder brother of five sisters, his family was of Scottish Presbyterian descent. He attended ...

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Slack, Kenneth (1917–1987), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England, was born on 20 July 1917 in Wallasey, Cheshire, the second son in the family of two sons and one daughter of Reginald Slack, manager of a small grocery store, and his wife, ...

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Watson, John [pseud. Ian Maclaren] (1850–1907), minister of the Presbyterian Church of England and author, was born in Manningtree, Essex, on 3 November 1850, the only child of John Watson (d. 1879), an Inland Revenue officer, and his wife, Isabella Maclaren (...