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Barr, James (1862–1949), minister of the United Free Church of Scotland and politician, was born on 26 July 1862 at Beanscroft Farm in the parish of Fenwick, Ayrshire, the eldest of eight children born to Allan Barr, farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Brown...

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Alexander Henderson (c. 1583–1646) by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, c. 1641 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Henderson, Alexander (c. 1583–1646), Church of Scotland minister and politician, was born about 1583 in Criech, Fife, probably in or near the village of Luthrie, since he left 2000 merks to the village school in his will. He was possibly the son of ...

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Smyth, Richard (1826–1878), minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and politician, the son of Hugh Smyth, a farmer, of Carncullogh, near Dervock, co. Antrim, and his wife, Sarah Anne Wray, was born at Carncullogh on 4 October 1826. As a child he suffered from rheumatic fever. He was educated locally and at the ...

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Richard Smyth (1826–1878) by unknown engraver, pubd 1874 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wallace, Robert (1831–1899), Church of Scotland minister and politician, second son of Jasper Wallace, master gardener, was born at Kincaple near Cupar, Fife, on 24 June 1831. His mother claimed to be the illegitimate daughter of a peer, according to Wallace's autobiography. In his home he was taught a strict Calvinism. He was educated at the ...

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Robert Wallace (1831–1899) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London