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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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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, 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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Brown, William (1764–1835), Church of Scotland minister and historical writer, was the son of William Brown, a stonemason in Peeblesshire, whose second wife was an aunt of Thomas Carlyle. Brown was licensed by the presbytery of Stirling in August 1791 and was presented to the parish of ...

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Edmund Calamy (1671–1732) by George Vertue, pubd 1722 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Calamy, Edmund (1671–1732), Presbyterian minister and historian, was born on 5 April 1671 in the parish of St Mary Aldermanbury, London, the only son of Edmund Calamy (bap. 1634, d. 1685), former rector of Moreton, Essex, and Mary (d. 1715), daughter of ...

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Calderwood, David (c. 1575–1650), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was the second son of William Calderwood (d. c.1605) of Dalkeith, near Edinburgh. He was educated first at the grammar school and then at the University of Edinburgh (under the regency of ...

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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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Henderson, George David (1888–1957), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was born on 26 March 1888 in Flowerhill manse, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, the oldest of the four sons and two daughters of the Revd Robert Henderson (1855–1941), minister of the Church of Scotland, and his wife, ...

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Henry, Robert (1718–1790), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was born on 1 March 1718, the son of James Henry, a farmer in Muirton, St Ninians, Stirlingshire, and Jean Galloway, also from Stirlingshire. He attended the parish school and subsequently the grammar school at ...

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Hewat, Alexander (1738/9?–1824?), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was probably born in or near Kelso. It is not known who his parents were. He was educated at Kelso grammar school and Edinburgh University. He emigrated to America in 1763 to serve as minister of the First Presbyterian or Scots church in ...

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Kirkton, James (d. 1699), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was born most probably in south-east Scotland; his parents are unknown. He graduated MA at Edinburgh in 1647, and became minister of Lanark (second charge) in 1655 and of Mertoun in Berwickshire in 1657. On 31 December 1657 he married ...

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Lothian, William (1740–1783), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was born in Edinburgh on 5 November 1740, the son of George Lothian, an Edinburgh surgeon, and Elizabeth Hutchison. His mother having died when he was an infant, and his father when he was five years old, he was raised by relatives. After attending ...

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Maclaine, Archibald (1722–1804), Presbyterian minister and historian, was born in Monaghan, Ireland, the elder son of Thomas Maclaine (d. 1740), Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. c.1735), daughter of James Milling. James Maclaine (1724–1750), the ‘gentleman highwayman’, was his younger brother. In 1739 ...

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Marshal, Ebenezer (d. 1813), historian and Church of Scotland minister, was licensed as a preacher by the presbytery of Edinburgh on 30 October 1776, and ordained on 3 April 1782 as chaplain to the Scottish regiment in the Dutch service. On 22 November 1782 he was presented to the living of ...

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McKerrow, John (1789–1867), minister of the United Presbyterian church and historian, was born in Mauchline, Ayrshire, on 15 May 1789, the third son of John McKerrow and his wife, Margaret, in a family of six sons and four daughters. His father, a cloth merchant, died while he was still a boy and his mother died during his first session at ...

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Millar, Robert (1672–1752), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was the son of the Revd Andrew Millar of Neilston, Renfrewshire. He was educated at Glasgow University and was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Paisley on 3 February 1697. While the minister of ...

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Ridpath, George (1716?–1772), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was born at Ladykirk, Berwickshire, the eldest son of the Revd George Ridpath (c.1678–1740) and his wife, Ann Watson (d. 1765). Although his gravestone gives his birth as 24 November 1716, in his diary ...

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Roberts, John (1880–1959), historian and minister of the Presbyterian Church of Wales, was born in Porthmadog, Caernarvonshire, on 16 October 1880, the son of the Revd John John Roberts (1840–1914), better known by his bardic name of Iolo Caernarfon, and his wife, Ann Williams (1846–1910)...

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William Robertson (1721–1793) by Sir Henry Raeburn, 1792 courtesy of the University of Edinburgh's Collections