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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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Gilbert Burnet (1643–1715) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1693 Wimpole Hall, The Bambridge Collection (The National Trust). Photograph: Photographic Survey, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

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Burnet, Gilbert (1643–1715), bishop of Salisbury and historian, was born in Edinburgh on 18 September 1643, the youngest child of Robert Burnet (d. 1661), a judge of the court of session as Lord Crimond, and Rachel Johnston, sister of Archibald Johnston, Lord Wariston...

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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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Guthrie [Guthry], Henry (1600?–1676), bishop of Dunkeld and historian, said to have been born in Coupar Angus, was the second son of Henry Guthrie (d. in or after 1633), minister of Bendochy, Forfarshire, who for a time had charge of Coupar Angus...

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

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Robertson, William (1721–1793), historian and Church of Scotland minister, was born on 8 September 1721 in the parish manse of Borthwick, Edinburghshire. His parents (who married on 20 October 1720) were William Robertson (1686–1745) and Eleanor (d. 1745), daughter of David Pitcairne...

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Rogers, Charles (1825–1890), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was born on 18 April 1825 in the manse at Dunino, Fife, the only child of the parish minister, James Roger (1767–1849), and his wife, Jane (1804–1825), the daughter of William Haldane, minister of ...

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Row, John (1568/9–1646), historian and Church of Scotland minister, was born in Perth and baptized there on 6 January 1569, the third surviving son of John Row (c. 1526–1580), parish minister, who was one of the leading figures among the early Scottish protestant reformers, and his wife, ...

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Scot [Scott], William (c. 1558–1642), Church of Scotland minister and historian, was the son of Robert Scot (d. c.1605) from Mylndeane, Fife. He graduated MA from the University of St Andrews in 1586. By 1593 he was minister of Kennoway, Fife...