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Bannatyne, Richard (d. 1605), secretary to John Knox, may have originated in western Scotland, for his brother James was a merchant in Ayr around the time of Richard's death. There is no evidence to support suggestions that he belonged to the same family as his contemporary ...

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Campbell, Alison (d. 1608), minister's wife, was the daughter of an Ayrshire laird, James Campbell of Stevenston (fl. 1542–1581). Soon after the Reformation (1560) she married, at some date after August 1560, William Kirkpatrick (d. 1577), former monk of Kilwinning Abbey, Ayrshire...

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Alexander Cruden (1699–1770) by Thomas Trotter, pubd 1785 (after Thomas Frye) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cruden, Alexander (1699–1770), biblical scholar and eccentric, was born in Aberdeen on 31 May 1699, the second of eleven children of William Cruden (d. 1739), a prominent merchant and bailie in the city, and his wife, Isabel Pyper (d. 1740). He was educated in ...

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Leslie, John (1571–1671), Church of Ireland bishop of Clogher, was born at Crichie, Aberdeenshire, on 14 October 1571, the eldest son of George Leslie and his wife, Marjorie. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen and on the continent, principally in France...

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M'Quhae, William (1737–1823), Church of Scotland minister and friend of James Boswell, was born on 1 May 1737, the eldest child of David M'Quhae, Wigtown magistrate, and Margaret Laurie. After graduating MA in 1756 at the University of Glasgow, where he was a favourite pupil of ...