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Anderson, William (1799–1872), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 6 January 1799, at Kilsyth, near Glasgow, the second son of Revd John Anderson, a minister of a congregation of the Relief church. He was educated at Glasgow University, and became a minister in the same communion as his father, having been ordained in 1822 as pastor of the congregation in ...

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Brown, John (1784–1858), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born at Burnhead, Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, on 12 July 1784, the third child and eldest son of the Secession minister John Brown of Whitburn (1754–1832) and his first wife, Isabella Cranston (...

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Cairns, John (1818–1892), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born on 23 August 1818 at Ayton Hill, Berwickshire, the third of eight children of John Cairns (1790?–1841), shepherd, and his wife, Alison Murray (1788?–1860). Cairns was raised in the strict but loving environment provided by his godly parents within the tradition of Presbyterian dissent: the family belonged to its largest branch, the ...

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Finlayson, Thomas (1809–1872), minister of the United Presbyterian church, second son in the large family of Thomas Finlayson, a farmer, was born at Coldoch, Blair Drummond, Perthshire, on 22 December 1809. He received an elementary education at the parish school at Kincardine in ...

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Fletcher, Alexander (1787–1860), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 8 April 1787 at Bridge of Teith, near Doune, Perthshire, the son of William Fletcher, Burgher minister at Bridge of Teith, and his wife, Jean, sister of the Revd Michael Gilfillan...

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Gilfillan, George (1813–1878), minister of the United Presbyterian church and author, was born on 30 January 1813 in Comrie, Perthshire, the eleventh of twelve children of Revd Samuel Gilfillan (1762–1826) and his wife, Rachel Barlas (b. 1770/71). His mother was a minister's daughter, and his father was minister of the ...

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Thomas Hamilton

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Gilfillan, James (1797–1874), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born at Comrie, Perthshire, on 11 May 1797, eldest son of the Revd Samuel Gilfillan (1762–1826), a leading United Secession minister, and his wife, Rachel Barlas (b. 1770/71). He was the brother of ...

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Harper, James (1795–1879), theologian and minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born at Lanark on 23 June 1795, the younger son of Alexander Harper (c.1768–1832), a minister in the Burgher church there, and his wife, Janet Gilchrist (d. c...

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Johnston, William (1800–1874), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in Biggar, Lanarkshire, on 18 February 1800, the youngest of nine children of Thomas Boston Johnston (b. 1742) and his wife, Janet Brown (d. 1847). He attended school locally before studying at ...

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Ker, John (1819–1886), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in the farmhouse of Bield, in the parish of Tweedsmuir, Peeblesshire, on 7 April 1819. His parents moved successively to Fillyside, a farm between Leith and Portobello, and to Abbeyhill, Edinburgh. While his father adhered to the established church, his mother was a seceder, and through that connection young ...

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King, David (1806–1883), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 20 May 1806 in Montrose, Forfarshire, the second son of John King (1762–1827), minister of Second United Secession church, Montrose, and his wife, Eliza Young, daughter of a Montrose merchant.

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Lindsay, William (1802–1866), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in Irvine, Ayrshire. He studied at Glasgow University and attended the Relief Theological Hall in Paisley from its opening in 1824, before he was ordained minister of the new East Church, Johnstone, Renfrewshire...

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T. B. Johnstone

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Macfarlane, John (1807–1875), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in Dunfermline on 1 April 1807, the third son of James Macfarlane and his wife, Grace Husband. His father exercised a collegiate ministry with his wife's father, Dr James Husband (d...

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MacGill, Hamilton Montgomerie (1807–1880), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in Catrine, Ayrshire, and educated at Mauchline, at Glasgow University from 1827, and at the Divinity Hall of the United Secession church in Glasgow from 1831. He was licensed by the presbytery of ...

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Mackelvie, William (1800–1863), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in Edinburgh on 7 March 1800. His father died soon after, and Mackelvie grew up in Leith, where he became a draper's apprentice. He severed his early connection with the established church in order to join the Associate Secession congregation of ...

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Marshall, William (1807–1880), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born in the hamlet of Meadowmore, Perthshire, early in 1807. He was educated at the village school at Tullybelton and at a superior school in Perth, where he attended a single session. In 1820 he went on to ...

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McKerrow, John (1789–1867), minister of the United Presbyterian church and historian, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, on 15 May 1789, the third son of John McKerrow and his wife, Margaret, in a family of six sons and four daughters. His father, a cloth merchant, died while he was still a boy and his mother died during his first session at ...

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Robertson, William Bruce (1820–1886), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 24 May 1820 at Greenhill in St Ninians parish, Stirlingshire, one of fourteen children of John Robertson (1780–1867) and Margaret Bruce Kirkwood (d. 1855). His father was a devout and revered figure, factor on the estates of ...

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Simpson, Robert (1792/1795–1867), minister of the United Presbyterian church and writer, was born in Edinburgh. Authorities differ on the year of his birth but give it as either 1792 or 1795. Details of his parentage remain obscure, and he apparently never spoke about it. At an early age he went to live with his grandparents in the parish of ...