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Sir John Cockburn

Sir John Cockburn 1679-1758 © National Galleries of Scotland

Sir John Cockburn of Ormiston, in East Lothian, the great improver of Scottish husbandry, son of Adam Cockburn of Ormiston, lord-justice-clerk after the Revolution, by his wife Lady Susan Hamilton, was born about 1685. During his father’s life he was a member of the Scots parliament, and gave his support to the union of the […]

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People in the History of Ormiston

In 1127, Robert; Bishop of St. Andrews, claimed that “all the churches of the whole of Lothian in common owe obedience to the Bishop of St. Andrews,” and among those present on the occasion of this declaration was Orm, Priest of Houm (Hume). Orme was a well known name in Scotland being borne by people […]

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Robert Moffat – 1795-1883

Robert Moffat, missionary was born on 21 December 1795. His father was a custom house officer; the family of his mother, Ann Gardiner, had lived for several generations at Ormiston. In 1797, the Moffat’s moved to Portsay, near Banff, and in 1806 to Carronshore, nearFalkirk. Robert went at an early age to the parish school, […]

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Lady Ruthven

Unusual portrait of Lady Ruthven 1847 © National Galleries of Scotland

Mary Hamilton Campbell, Lady Ruthven, was a prominent aristocrat who resided at Winton House. The village of New Winton, between Pencaitland and Tranent, was built by her to replace houses that were falling down within the grounds of Winton House. She also built a new school in the village next. Next to the school she […]

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George Wishart -1513-1546

George Wishart was born in Scotland and he died as a martyr at 33 years old. He was a teacher of New Testament Greek at Montrose. He was exceptional in his eloquence and manner of communication. Being the time of the reformation, he adopted the Reformed view of Scripture, denied the errors of the Catholic […]

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John Knox – 1514-1572

John Knox was born in 1514 in Haddington, Scotland, and died in 1572. He was a Scottish Reformer and disciple of George Wishart. In 1546, he was taken to France and made a galley slave. In 1549, he was freed and went to Englandwhere he became a preacher at Berwick. He preached against the Catholic […]

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