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Blackadder, John (1615/1623?–1686), Church of Scotland minister, was perhaps born in December 1615 or in 1623, the son of John Blackadder of Inzievar, of the families of Blackadder of Blairhall and Tulliallan, and his wife, Helen, daughter of Robert Pont (1524–1606), minister of ...

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Blair, Robert (1593–1666), Church of Scotland minister, was the sixth son of John Blair of Windyedge (d. c.1598), a merchant in Irvine, Ayrshire, and his wife, Beatrix or Bessie Mure (d. 1640s), both of whom traced their descent from landed families. Having 'profited well in my bairnly studies', ...

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Boyd, Zachary (1585–1653), Church of Scotland minister and university administrator, was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, of unknown parentage. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1601, and graduated MA from St Andrews in 1607. Perhaps encouraged by his cousin Robert Boyd of Trochrig he completed his education at the protestant ...

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Brand, John (1669–1738), Church of Scotland minister and author, was born in Canongate, Edinburgh, in August 1669, the son of John Brand, of Polish descent, baker in Canongate, and Janet Barclay of the Pearston family. He was educated at schools in Musselburgh and ...

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Brown, John (c. 1610–1679), Church of Scotland minister, was probably born at Kirkcudbright and may have been the son of James and Jean Brown referred to in the letters of Samuel Rutherford. He graduated at the University of Edinburgh on 24 July 1630 and was a protester in the religious disputes of the 1650s. It seems to have been 1655 before he was ordained, in the parish of ...

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Brown, John [called the Christian Carrier] (1626/7–1685), covenanter, lived near Priesthill Farm in the parish of Muirkirk in Ayrshire, an important location for the Cameronians or society people who opposed the crown's episcopalian policies during the ‘killing times’ of the 1680s. Nothing is known of his early life. ...

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Burnet [née Kennedy], Lady Margaret (d. 1685), religious and political adviser, was the eldest daughter of John Kennedy, sixth earl of Cassillis (1601x7–1668), and his first wife, Lady Jean Hamilton (1607–1642). Known as 'the grave and solemn Earl', John Kennedy was, according to his son-in-law ...

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Cameron, Richard (d. 1680), covenanter field preacher, was the eldest son of Allan Cameron and Margaret Paterson. He spent his early childhood on the family estate at Fordell near Leuchars, Fife, and may have attended the grammar school in St Andrews. He entered ...

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Campbell, Sir Hugh, of Cessnock (d. 1686), covenanter and conspirator, was the son of George Campbell of Cessnock and his first wife, Agnes Cunninghame (d. 1609). At his father's death on 27 May 1630 Hugh inherited land at Cessnock and Galston, and shortly thereafter he was knighted. He married, by a contract dated 14 October 1625, ...

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Dickson [Dick], David (c. 1583–1662), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born in Glasgow, the only son of John Dick or Dickson, a wealthy and devout Glaswegian merchant. He was educated at the University of Glasgow and, after graduating MA, served an eight-year term as a regent of the university. On 23 September 1617 he married ...

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Douglas, Robert (1594–1674), Church of Scotland minister, was the son of George Douglas, in turn the illegitimate son of Sir George Douglas of Lochleven and, according to commonly held contemporary opinion, of Mary, queen of Scots. However, while Robert never denied the rumour of his royal heritage, there is no historical evidence to substantiate it. Little is known of his early life other than that he was educated at the ...

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Forrester, Thomas (c. 1635–1706), Church of Scotland minister, was born at Stirling and was the eldest son of David Forrester (d. in or before 1686), local politician, and his first wife, Mary Erskine, possibly the illegitimate daughter of John Erskine of Balgorie...

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Garnock, Robert (c. 1660–1681), covenanter, was the son of Robert Garnock, of Stirling, a 'hammerman' or blacksmith; the identity of his mother is unknown. He was baptized by James Guthrie (c.1612–1661), minister of Stirling and presbyterian martyr, who was executed for treason in 1661. ...

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Geddie, Emelia [Emilia] (1665–1681), child prophet and exemplar of godliness, was born at Hilltown of Falkland, Fife, one of three children (her two brothers died young) of John Gedde of Hilltown of Falkland (fl. 1647–1697), steward clerk of Fife, and Anne Wallace (...

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Gillespie, Patrick (1617–1675), Church of Scotland minister, was born in 1617 and baptized on 2 March, the third son of John Gillespie (b. c.1579, d. in or before 1627), minister of Kirkcaldy, Fife, and his wife, Lilias Simson (1590/91–1627), and younger brother of ...

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Gordon [née Campbell], Jane [Jean], Viscountess Kenmure (d. 1675), patron of ministers, was the third daughter of Archibald Campbell, seventh earl of Argyll (1575/6–1638), and his first wife, Lady Agnes Douglas (1574–1607), daughter of William Douglas, first earl of Morton (Lochleven). Between 1624 and 1626 she married ...

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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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Hepburn, John (d. 1723), Church of Scotland minister, was the son of Major James Hepburn of Balnageith, Moray. He was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, graduating as master of arts in 1669. Hepburn became a preacher to presbyterian dissidents in Scotland, being ordained by exiled Scots ministers in ...

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Hutcheson, George (c. 1615–1674), Church of Scotland minister, was born in Ireland, the son of a humble weaver. He was sent to the Latin school in Irvine, where he boarded with the parish minister, the eminent David Dickson. He was educated at the ...