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Cook, George (1772–1845), Church of Scotland minister and ecclesiastical historian, was born in December 1772 in St Andrews, the second son of the Revd John Cook, professor of moral philosophy in the University of St Andrews, and Janet, daughter of the Revd John Hill...

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George Cook (1772–1845) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843–5 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cooper, James (1846–1922), Church of Scotland minister and ecclesiastical historian, was born at Elgin, Moray, on 13 February 1846, the eldest son of John Alexander Cooper, a merchant, afterwards a farmer at Spynie, Elgin. His mother, Ann, daughter of James Stephen of Old Keith...

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Cunningham, John (1819–1893), Church of Scotland minister and ecclesiastical historian, the son of Daniel Cunningham, an ironmonger, was born at Paisley on 9 May 1819. Educated at two preparatory schools and the grammar school in Paisley, he matriculated at Glasgow University in 1836. In 1840 he became a student at ...

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Thomas Hardy (1748–1798) by John Kay, 1793 [The Rev'd Patriot] © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hardy, Thomas (1748–1798), Church of Scotland minister and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 22 April 1748 in Culross, Perthshire, the third of five children of the Revd Henry Hardy (1717–1752) and his wife, Ann (1719–1805), daughter of John Halkerston, the town clerk of ...

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Scott, Hew (1791–1872), minister and annalist of the Church of Scotland, was born in Haddington on 5 February 1791, son of an excise officer, Robert Scott, and his wife, Catherine Dunbar. His father died while he was a boy and his family existed on the income from a small shop. ...