James McGregor ~ Minister and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

A Church of Scotland Minister born at Scone in 1832 and recognised as one of the foremost preachers of his time. Educated at St Andrews, he held ministries at Monimail in Fife, Tron in Glasgow and St Cuthberts’ in Edinburgh. In 1891 James McGregor was appointed Moderator of the General […]

Ian Maclaren ~ Author and Theologian

Ian Maclaren – author and theologian – born John Watson 3 November 1850 at Manningtree in Essex. He studied at Stirling and then Edinburgh University before undertaking theology at New College, Edinburgh and Tubingen. In 1874 he became a minister in the Free Church of Scotland. Amongst his positions were ministries […]

Thomas Tullidelph ~ Minister and University Principal

Thomas Tullidelph – minister and university principal; he was known as an eloquent speaker and preacher. Born in Dunbarney Parish to the local Minster, Thomas Tullidelph became the founder and first principal of United College, St Andrews University. He spent some 50 years as an academic and religious figure in Perthshire and […]

Thomas Young or Yonge ~ Minister and Religious Figure

Thomas Young or Yonge ~ Master of Jesus in Jesus Chapel (1644-50). Born at Luncarty in Perthshire, 1587; son of a Scottish minister – vocal Presbyterian (parishes included Pitcairne, Auchtergaven, Redgorton and Luncarty). Educated at Grammar School, Perth, and the University of St Andrew, where he graduated MA in 1606. Tutoring […]

Alexander Bryce ~ Mathematician and Church of Scotland Minister

Alexander Bryce (c.1713-1786) – Mathematician and Church of Scotland minister – baptised in Boarland, Kincardine-on-Forth, Perthshire. After schooling at Kilmadock School, Doune, Bryce studied astronomy and mathematics at Edinburgh. He graduated MA in May 1735. He spent some time as a tutor whilst producing a detailed study and A map of the […]

Patrick Bannerman ~ Minister, Writer, and Religious Radical

Patrick Bannerman (1715-1798) – minister, writer and religious radical. Born at Inveravon, educated King’s College, Aberdeen, ordained St Madoes in 1741 and then moved to Kinnoull parish in 1746. He wrote on religious and civil liberty and campaigned on these issues within the Protestant church – especially against ecclesiastical patronage and hierarchy within the church. Amongst […]

James Browne ~ Journalist, Writer, and Editor

James Browne – journalist, writer and editor – born 1793 at Whitefield, Cargill and educated at St Andrews. Browne spent some time in various posts before settling on his eventual career. He initially trained for the Church of Scotland, then tutored before becoming an assistant master at Perth Academy. As well […]

William Thomson ~ Writer

William Thomson (1746-1817) – writer – was born at Burnside (Forteviot) in 1746 and was educated at the grammar school in Perth before entering St Andrews University to study theology. He later attended Edinburgh University. At university, he gained a post with the Earl of Kinnoull (chancellor of the university) as […]