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writer to the Signet

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In Scotland, a senior solicitor conducting cases in the Court of Session; originally a clerk in the Secretary of State's office who prepared writs for the Signet.

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McCheyne, Robert Murray (1813–1843), Church of Scotland minister

Michael D. McMullen.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Protestantism and Protestant Churches. 980 words.

McCheyne, Robert Murray (1813–1843), Church of Scotland minister, was born on 21 May 1813 at 14 Dublin Street, Edinburgh, the youngest of the five children of Adam McCheyne (d. 1854),...

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Hay, George (1729–1811), vicar apostolic of the lowland district

Brian M. Halloran.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Roman Catholicism, Roman Catholic Church. 2216 words.

Hay, George (1729–1811), vicar apostolic of the lowland district, was born in Edinburgh on 24 August 1729, the second child and only son of James Hay (d. 1756×1759), writer to the signet,...

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Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate

Trevor A. Hart.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Theology. 2210 words.

Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer...

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Pringle, John Christian (1872–1938), Church of England clergyman and social work administrator

Anne Pimlott Baker.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Social Work; Protestantism and Protestant Churches. 1065 words.

Pringle, John Christian (1872–1938), Church of England clergyman and social work administrator, was born on 27 August 1872 at 1 Melville Street, Edinburgh, the second son of Robert Pringle...

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Hunter, Andrew (1744–1809), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher

D. F. Wright.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theology; Education; Protestantism and Protestant Churches. 910 words.

Hunter, Andrew (1744–1809), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 15 February 1744 in Edinburgh, the fourth son (but the eldest to survive infancy) of Andrew...

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Spens, Henry [Harry] (1714–1787), Church of Scotland minister and classicist

Richard B. Sher.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Protestantism and Protestant Churches; Classical Studies. 600 words.

Spens, Henry [Harry] (1714–1787), Church of Scotland minister and classicist, was born Henry Spence on 10 September 1714 in Edinburgh, the son of James Spens of Kirkton of Alves, an...

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Boswell, Robert (1746–1804), Glasite preacher

J. H. Thorpe.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Christian Churches and Denominations; Christian Institutions and Organizations; Protestantism and Protestant Churches. 176 words.

Boswell, Robert (1746–1804), Glasite preacher, was a descendant of the Auchinleck family in Ayrshire. He received a classical education and became a writer to the signet in Edinburgh. While...

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