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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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Grub, George (1812–1892), ecclesiastical historian, born at Old Aberdeen on 4 April 1812, was the only child of George Grub, convenor of the trades at Old Aberdeen, and his wife, Christian Volum. He entered King's College, Aberdeen, at the age of thirteen and a half, and then joined the law office of ...

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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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Mitchell, Alexander Ferrier (1822–1899), ecclesiastical historian, was born at Brechin, Forfarshire, Scotland, on 10 September 1822, the son of David Mitchell, convener of local guilds, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James Ferrier of Broadmyre. After receiving his early education at Brechin grammar school...

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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. ...

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Skinner, John (1721–1807), songwriter and ecclesiastical historian, was born on 3 October 1721 at Balfour in Birse, Aberdeenshire, the only child of John Skinner (c.1696–1776), parochial schoolmaster of Birse, and his wife, Jean Gillanders (d. c.1723), widow of Donald Farquharson...

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Wodrow, Robert (1679–1734), ecclesiastical historian, was born in either April or September 1679 in the Trongate, Glasgow, the second son and youngest child of James Wodrow (1637–1707), professor of divinity in the University of Glasgow, and his first wife, Margaret (1627/8–1688), daughter of ...