Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. Stevenson has been greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Marcel Schwob, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said of him that he "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins".
James Ramsay MacDonald (12 October 1866 – 9 November 1937) was a British Labour politician, who served two separate terms as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He rose from humble origins to become the first ever British Labour Prime Minister in 1924. His first government lasted less than one year. Labour returned to power in 1929 but was soon overwhelmed by the crisis of the Great Depression, which split the Labour government.
David Livingstone (19 March 1813–1 May 1873) was a British Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley gave rise to the popular quotation, "".
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir GCMG GCVO CH PC (26 August 1875 – 11 February 1940) was a Scottish novelist and Unionist politician who, between 1935 and 1940, served as the 15th Governor General of Canada.
Field Marshal Douglas Haig, 1st Earl Haig,,,,,, (19 June 1861 – 29 January 1928) was a British soldier and senior commander during World War I. He commanded the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) from 1915 to the end of the War. Most notably he was commander during the Battle of the Somme, the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the series of victories leading to the German surrender in 1918.
Robert Baillie (known as Baillie of Jerviswood; c.1634 – 24 December 1684) was a Scottish conspirator implicated in the Rye House Plot against King Charles II. He was executed for treason. Robert Baillie was the son of George Baillie of St John's Kirk, Lanarkshire, who had bought the estate of Jerviswood in 1636 and of Mellerstain in 1643, under Charles I.
Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC, DL (25 July 1848 – 19 March 1930) was a British Conservative politician and statesman. He authored the tough Perpetual Crimes Act (1887) (or Coercion Act) aimed at the prevention of boycotting, intimidation, unlawful assembly in Ireland during the Irish Land War, and was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902 to 1905, a time when his party and government became divided over the issue of tariff reform.
John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith, KT, GCVO, GBE, CB, TD, PC (20 July 1889 – 16 June 1971) was a Scottish broadcasting executive who established the tradition of independent public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom. In 1922 he was employed by the commercial monopoly registered as the British Broadcasting Company Ltd.
James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798), one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was a lawyer born in Carskerdo, Scotland, and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, and was a major force in drafting the United States Constitution. A leading legal theoretician, he was one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Peter Dodds McCormick (1834? – 30 October 1916), a Scottish-born schoolteacher, was the composer of the Australian national anthem Advance Australia Fair. Born the son of a seaman at Port Glasgow, Scotland, he arrived in Sydney (at that time the principal city of the British colony of New South Wales) in 1855. Details of his earlier years, prior to his arrival in Australia, are shadowy. He spent most of his life employed by the NSW Education Department.
John Welsh (1568 – 1622) was a Scottish Presbyterian leader. He was born in Dumfriesshire and, after a wayward youth, attended the University of Edinburgh and obtained his MA in 1588. He became a minister in Selkirk, and prior to 1596 and leaving Selkirk, Rev. Welsh married Elizabeth, a daughter of John Knox. He rivaled his deceased father-in-law in genius, piety and zeal.
John Welsh of Irongray (born 17th century) was a leader of the Scottish Covenanters movement. He was the grandson of John Welsh, minister of Ayr, and a great-grandson of John Knox. He is called "of Irongray" - referring to the parish of Irongray in Dumfriesshire, to differentiate him from his grandfather.
Donald Cargill (1619 – 27 July 1681) was a Scottish Covenanter, working to uphold the National Covenants of 1638 and 1643 to establish and defend Presbyterianism. He was educated at Aberdeen and St Andrews Universities. In 1655 he was appointed Minister to Parish of Barony in Glasgow from which he was dismissed or ejected in 1662. He returned later and tried to hold a communion but the service was interrupted and he was arrested briefly.
Henry Calderwood (10 May 1830 – 19 November 1897), Scottish philosopher and divine, was born at Peebles. He was educated at the Royal High School, and later at the University of Edinburgh. He studied for the ministry of the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland, and in 1856 was ordained pastor of the Greyfriars church, Glasgow.
James Sharp (May 4, 1613 – May 3, 1679) was a Presbyterian minister, and later Archbishop of St Andrews (1661–1679). Sharp was from conservative, Royalist Banffshire in the north-east of Scotland, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and a regent of St. Andrews University. In the English Civil War, following the execution of the King, Sharp, a skilled negotiator, became prominent as a leader of the moderate wing of the Scottish church called the "Resolutioners".
James Laidlaw Maxwell Senior was the first Presbyterian missionary to Taiwan (Formosa). He served with the English Presbyterian Mission. Maxwell studied medicine and took his degree at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He worked in London at Brompton Hospital and at the Birmingham General Hospital. He was an elder in the Broad Street Presbyterian Church before being sent to Taiwan by the Presbyterian Church of England (now within the United Reformed Church) in 1864.
Andrew Ferguson Neil (born 21 May 1949) is a Scottish journalist and broadcaster. Neil made his name at The Sunday Times where he was editor for 11 years. In 1995 he was made editor-in-chief of the Press Holdings group of newspapers, owner of The Business and (from 2005) The Spectator, moving to become chairman in July 2008.
John Murray (14 October 1898 – 8 May 1975) was a Scottish-born Calvinist theologian who taught at Princeton Seminary and then left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary, where he taught for many years.
John Cairns (August 23, 1818 – March 12, 1892), Scottish Presbyterian divine, was born at Ayton Hill, Berwickshire, the son of a shepherd. He went to school at Ayton and Oldcambus, Berwickshire, and was then for three years a herd boy, but kept up his education. In University, but during 1836 and 1837, owing to financial straits, taught in a school at Ayton.