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John Abernethy (1680–1740) by John Brooks (after James Latham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Abernethy, John (1680–1740), Presbyterian minister, was born on 19 October 1680, the son of John Abernethy (d. 1703), minister at Brigh, co. Tyrone, and his wife, a member of the family of Walkinshaw, of Walkinshaw, Renfrewshire. His father, who had settled in ...

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Adair, Patrick (1624?–1693/4), Presbyterian minister and historian, was the son of John Adair of Genoch in Galloway. His family were prominently involved in the Scottish migration to Ulster in the seventeenth century, and he was the nephew of Sir Robert Adair, a major Scots colonizer in ...

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Aird, William (d. 1606/7), Church of Scotland minister, worked as a mason until twenty years old. His wife, whose name is not known, taught him to read, and he later acquired Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. He studied theology for several years, probably at ...

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Reviser H. C. G. Matthew

Aiton, John (1797–1863), Church of Scotland minister and author, was born at Strathaven in June 1797, the youngest son of William Aiton (1760–1848), authority on Scottish husbandry, and Margaret Borland (d. 1820). He studied theology at Edinburgh University and was licensed by the presbytery of ...

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Alexander [other married names Umpherston, Currie], Helen (1653/4–1729), covenanter, was born in the parish of Linton, probably in Haddingtonshire. Owing to her mother's early death and her father's remarriage she went to stay with her sister in Dirleton parish, Haddingtonshire. About 1672 she married ...

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Alexander Gordon

Reviser Philip Carter

Alexander, John (1736–1765), Presbyterian minister and writer, was born in Dublin on 26 January 1736, the second of four children of John Alexander (1686–1743), dissenting minister, and Hannah (1704/5–1768), daughter of the Revd John Higgs, of Evesham. John's brother Benjamin (1737–1768) was a physician and translator. After the death of his father on 1 November 1743 ...

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Alexander, John (1686–1743), minister of the Presbyterian General Synod of Ulster, was born on 30 September 1686 at Temple Patrick, co. Antrim, the son of John Alexander (d. 1712), and his wife, Mary Hamilton. His father was the fourth son of William Alexander, ...

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Alison, Francis (1705–1779), Presbyterian minister and college principal in America, was born in the parish of Leck in co. Donegal, the son of Robert Alison, a weaver descended from emigrants from Scotland. His mother's name and ancestry are unknown. He may have received his early education at ...

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Amner, Richard (bap. 1737, d. 1803), Presbyterian minister and biblical critic, was born at Hinckley, Leicestershire, the third of five children of Richard Amner and Anne, his wife. He was baptized on 26 April 1737 at the Presbyterian Great Meeting, Hinckley. In 1755 he entered ...

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Amory, Thomas (1701–1774), Presbyterian minister, was born at Taunton, Somerset, on 28 January 1701, the second son of John Amory (d. c.1740), grocer, and his wife, Anne (d. 1742), the elder sister of the Revd Henry Grove (1684–1738). He was brought up in ...

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Anderson, George (1676/7–1756), Church of Scotland minister and author, left no record of his birth or upbringing. If he was the George Anderson who entered Glasgow University as a member of the quarta classis or Greek class in 1696–7, then his regent was ...

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Anderson, James (bap. 1679, d. 1739), Church of Scotland minister and historical writer, was born in Aberdeen and baptized on 19 January 1679 at St Nicholas's Church, Aberdeen, one of at least two sons of James Anderson and Jean Campbell. His brother was ...

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Anderson, John (1671–1721), Church of Scotland minister, was born in Edinburgh; details of his parents and childhood are unknown. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MA on 9 July 1688 and thereafter spent some time as a schoolmaster in the city. After serving as a tutor to ...

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Anderson, Walter (d. 1800), historian and Church of Scotland minister, was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MA on 18 March 1742. Licensed by the presbytery of Duns on 5 December 1744, he was ordained on 13 May 1756 at ...

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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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Arbuthnot, Alexander (1538–1583), Church of Scotland minister and college head, was the second son of Andrew Arbuthnot of Pitcarles in Kincardineshire. He himself wrote a valuable history of the Arbuthnot family, which survives as MS 2764 in Aberdeen University Library. He was educated at ...

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James Brown Armour (1841–1928) by William Conor University of Ulster permanent works of art collection

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Armour, James Brown (1841–1928), minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, was born on 20 January 1841 in the townland of Lisboy, near Ballymoney, co. Antrim, the youngest of the six children of William Armour (1795?–1864), farmer, and his wife, Jane Brown, daughter of ...

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Alexander Gordon

Reviser David Huddleston

Armstrong, James (1780–1839), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister, was born at Ballynahinch, co. Down. He was the son of John Armstrong, Presbyterian minister of Ballynahinch (1744–80), and his wife, who was a daughter of the Revd John Strong. He was descended from John Livingstone, of ...