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Alison, Archibald (1757–1839), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and writer on aesthetics, was born in Edinburgh, the son of Archibald Alison (1730–1794), lord provost of the city, originally of Newhall, Coupar Angus, and Margaret Harte (d. 1811), of Listerick, near Edinburgh. Alison was educated at ...

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Archibald Alison (1757–1839) by William Walker, pubd 1823 (after Sir Henry Raeburn) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brown, George (c. 1650–1730), arithmetician and minister of religion, may be identifiable with the George Brown who attended the University of Aberdeen from 1664, graduating MA in 1668. He married Elspeth Anderson in Edinburgh on 13 January 1674, when he was described as a mathematician. Some time between 1682 and 1684 he became minister at ...

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Bruce, James (c. 1765–1806), journalist and Church of England clergyman, was born in the county of Forfar. In 1777 he began studying at the University of St Andrews, and in 1785 he matriculated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He graduated BA in 1789, and took orders in the ...

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Calder, Robert (1659/60–1723), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and writer, was a native of Moray and a near relative of Sir James Calder of Muirton (d. 1711). After matriculating at King's College, Aberdeen, in 1674, aged fourteen, he graduated MA in 1678. In 1684 he was ordained by ...

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Cockburn, Patrick (1678–1749), Scottish Episcopal clergyman, was the eldest son of John Cockburn (1652–1729), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife Anna (d. 1695), daughter of Alexander Garden, a leading cleric of the diocese of Aberdeen. Patrick was born at Udny, Aberdeenshire...

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Cordiner, Charles (1746?–1794), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and antiquary, lived most of his life in Banff, and became minister of St Andrew's Chapel there in 1769. Few other biographical details concerning him survive. He died at Banff on 18 November 1794, leaving a widow and eight children. ...

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Cordiner, James (1775–1836), Scottish Episcopal clergyman in Ceylon and India, was born probably in Banff, one of eight children of the Episcopalian minister and antiquary Charles Cordiner and his wife, Jean Shand. He was educated locally, and then at King's College, Aberdeen, where he graduated MA in 1793. In 1797, while still a divinity student, he was appointed to superintend the ...

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Forbes, George Hay (1821–1875), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and liturgical scholar, was born on 4 August 1821 in York Place, Edinburgh, the ninth child in a family of four sons and six daughters of John Hay Forbes, later Lord Medwyn (1776–1854), judge of the ...

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Fraser, James (1634–1709), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and traveller, was, according to his own account, born on 1 January 1634, almost certainly in Kirkhill, 7 miles to the west of Inverness (Fraser, Chronicles, 268). He was one of twenty-four children of the ...

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Garden, George (1649–1733), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and religious controversialist, was born at Forgue, Aberdeenshire, the younger son of Alexander Garden (1611–1674), minister of Forgue, and his wife, Isobel Middleton (d. in or after 1696). At about thirteen he followed his elder brother, ...

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Gordon, James Frederick Skinner (1821–1904), antiquary and Scottish Episcopal church minister, born at Keith, Banffshire, claimed descent from the Gordons of Glenbucket, in Strathdon. Educated at Keith School and then at Madras College, St Andrews, he gained, at fifteen years of age, the Grant bursary at ...

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Greenshields, James (b. 1668/9, d. in or before 1741), Scottish Episcopal clergyman, was the son of Luke Greenshields (c.1639–1725), later minister of Ardrossan, Ayrshire, and his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, widow of the Revd Robert Row. He matriculated at Edinburgh University in 1683 and graduated MA at ...

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Macintosh, Donald (1743–1808), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and Gaelic scholar, was born at Orchilmore, near Killiecrankie, Perthshire, the son of a tenant farmer. After attending the parish school he went to Edinburgh, where he worked from 1774 as a penny postman. He subsequently became a copying clerk and tutor to the family of ...

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Middleton, Patrick (1662–1736), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and Jacobite sympathizer, details of whose parents and upbringing are unknown, matriculated at St Leonard's College in 1676 and graduated MA from the University of St Andrews on 24 July 1680. He received a testimonial for licence on 7 August 1684 and became minister of ...

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Pratt, John Burnett (1799–1869), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and antiquary, born at Cairnbanno, New Deer, Aberdeenshire, was the son of a working tradesman. After graduating MA at Aberdeen University he took orders in the Scottish Episcopal church, and obtained a living at Stuartfield in 1821. In 1825 he was elected to ...

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Shaw, Geoffrey Mackintosh [Geoff] (1927–1978), Church of Scotland minister and politician, was born at Inverleith Place, Edinburgh, on 9 April 1927, the third of four sons of John James McIntosh Shaw (1885/6–1940), a prominent Edinburgh surgeon, and his wife, Mina Draper. Brought up in a well-to-do ...

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Stormonth, James (1824–1882), Episcopalian minister and lexicographer, was reputedly born in Edinburgh (The Athenaeum, 11 Feb 1882), the son of James Stormonth, fish curer, and his wife, Jane, née Robertson. He had at least one younger brother. He was educated at the ...

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Watt, William Montgomery (1909–2006), Scottish Episcopal clergyman and scholar of Islam, was born on 14 March 1909 at the manse, Ceres, Fife, the only child of Andrew Watt, a minister in the Church of Scotland, and his wife, Mary, née Burns, primary school teacher. His early years were far from stable. His father died shortly after his birth and this misfortune necessitated frequent relocations during his childhood. An uncle and an aunt shared parenting duties with his mother and he grew up primarily in ...