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James Blair (1655/66–1743) by Charles Bridges Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary

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Blair, James (1655/6–1743), Church of England clergyman and founder of the College of William and Mary, was the son of Peter Blair (d. 1673), Church of Scotland minister of St Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh, and his wife, Mary Hamilton (d. in or after 1696)...

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Willielma Campbell, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786) by Robert Scott, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Maxwell], Willielma, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786), evangelical activist and benefactor, was the younger daughter of prosperous parents, William Maxwell (d. 1741), medical practitioner of Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Elizabeth Hairstanes (d. c.1806) of Craig. Willielma was born on 2 September 1741 after her father's death. The only other child of the marriage was her sister, ...

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Crombie, James (1730–1790), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister and founder of the Belfast Academy, was born on 4 December 1730 at Perth, the eldest son of James Crambie, mason, and his wife, May Johnstoun. In 1748 he matriculated at St Andrews, and he graduated MA in 1752. He studied for a short time at ...

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Guild, William (1586–1657), Church of Scotland minister and benefactor, was born in Aberdeen, the son of Matthew Guild, an armourer and member of the Corporation of Hammermen; he had three sisters, Jean Guild, Christian, and Margaret. An early student at Marischal College, Aberdeen...

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Johnston, David (1734–1824), Church of Scotland minister and benefactor, was born on 26 April 1734 at the manse, Arngask, Fife, the second son of John Johnston (d. 1746), minister of that parish, and his second wife, Margaret Brown (d. 1768), daughter of the ...

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Kirkwood, James (b. c. 1650, d. in or after 1709), clergyman and advocate of parochial libraries, was born in or near Dunbar. His schooling took place there, and from 1666 he studied at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in 1670. Scott's Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae...

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Murdoch, John (1819–1904), missionary and book agent, was born in Glasgow on 22 July 1819, the third, but eldest surviving, child in the family of ten sons and two daughters of John Murdoch and his wife, Margaret Smith. The family were members of the ...

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Tullidelph, Thomas (d. 1777), Church of Scotland minister and a founder and first principal of United College, St Andrews University, was the son of John Tullidelph (d. 1714), minister of Dunbarney, Perthshire, and his second wife, Katherine Rankine. He probably attended St Andrews University...

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Daniel Williams (c. 1643–1716) by unknown artist by permission of Dr Williams's Library

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Williams, Daniel (c. 1643–1716), Presbyterian minister and benefactor, was born at Wrexham, Denbighshire, but the identity of his father is unknown. His mother was probably a daughter of Hugh Davies of Wrexham, grandfather of Stephen Davies (d. 1739), minister at Banbury, whom ...