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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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Evans, John (1679/80–1730), Presbyterian minister and historian, was born at Wrexham, Denbighshire, the son of John Evans (1628/9–1700), dissenting minister and schoolmaster, and his wife, Katherine (bap. 1638), widow of Vavasor Powell (1617–1670), Independent minister, and the fifth daughter of Gilbert Gerard...

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Fletcher, Alexander (1787–1860), minister of the United Presbyterian church, was born on 8 April 1787 at Bridge of Teith, near Doune, Perthshire, the son of William Fletcher, Burgher minister at Bridge of Teith, and his wife, Jean, sister of the Revd Michael Gilfillan...

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Gibbs, Philip (1696–1752), Presbyterian minister and historian of shorthand, was born at Trowbridge, Wiltshire, on 15 February 1696, the son of James Gibbs, a clothier, and his wife, Anne Bailey. His family were prominent presbyterians and lived in Duke Street. Nothing is known of his education except that he began the study of divinity under 'Calvinistical Tutors'....

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Gillespie, Thomas (1708–1774), Church of Scotland minister and a founder of the Relief church, was born at Clearburn, Duddingston, Edinburgh. Gillespie was the only son of a second marriage, his father, details of whom are unknown, having at least two previous children, a son ...

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Nathaniel Lardner (1684–1768) by Thomas Kitchin, pubd 1769 (after unknown artist, c. 1713–23) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lardner, Nathaniel (1684–1768), Presbyterian minister and patristic scholar, was born at the Hall House, Hawkhurst, Kent, on 6 June 1684, the elder son of Richard Lardner (1653–1740). He also had a sister, Elizabeth. His father, who was grandson of Thomas Lardner, a cordwainer at ...

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Menzies, John (1624–1684), Church of Scotland minister and university professor, was born in Aberdeen. He was said to have been brought up a Roman Catholic, but must have converted to protestantism at an early age; his parents are unknown. He was admitted to ...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by M. J. Mercer

Palmer, John (1729–1790), Presbyterian minister, was born in Southwark, the son of an undertaker, and his wife, Sarah. He was brought up in the Independent church and received his ministerial training under David Jennings at Wellclose Square Academy, which he entered in 1746. Although educated in Calvinistic principles he gradually relinquished them and adopted Socinian views....

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Peirce, James (1674–1726), Presbyterian minister and religious controversialist, was the younger son of John Peirce (d. c.1676) and his wife, Deborah (d. c.1681). His parents, 'who lived in good fashion', were both members of the Bull Lane Independent Church, Stepney...

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Alexander Gordon

revised by Derek B. Murray

Pike, Samuel (1717?–1773), Sandemanian minister, was probably born at Romsey, Hampshire. He was educated for the Independent ministry, receiving his general training from John Eames of the academy in Tenter Alley, Moorfields, which was supported by the Congregational Fund board, and his theology from ...

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Pirie, Alexander (1736/7–1804), Secession church and Independent minister, had a controversial career in which he proved divisive in three ecclesiastical bodies. Of his origins, early education, and family nothing is known, but from 1756 he was schooled in philosophy and theology under Alexander Moncrieff...

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Row, John (c. 1598–1672), Church of Scotland minister and author, was the second son of John Row (1568/9–1646), minister of Carnock, and his wife, Grisel (bap. 1576, d. 1659), daughter of David Ferguson (b. in or before 1533, d. 1598), and grandson of ...

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Toye, Thomas (1801–1870), minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and revivalist preacher, was born in Clonakilty, co. Cork, on 6 October 1801, the eldest of three children in a prosperous Church of Ireland family. Educated at home and in a local classical school, he was prevented by asthma from entering ...

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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 ...

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