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Berwickshire - Famous People

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Famous People Connected to Berwickshire

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Image right - Dr. Samuel Cockburn, c.1895

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • David Calderwood (1575-1650) Minister · Church historian, was minister of Crailing, near Jedburgh in the Borders, from 1604. His Presbyterian convictions led him to fall foul of King James VI. He was locked up, then banished to Holland. There he published his Altare Damascenum (1625), which was an argument for all his religious views. He returned to Scotland following the death of James in 1625. As minister for Pencaitland he spent the rest of his life working on his History of the Church of Scotland. This covered the early years of the reformation in Scotland, from the execution of Patrick Hamilton to the death of James VI, and contained much information on the deliberations of religious reformers such as John Knox.
  • Dr. Samuel Cockburn (b. Mar. 17, 1823 in Duns, d. July 7, 1915 in Glasgow) was a conventionally trained Scottish physician who was won over by the principles of homeopathy. In the mid to late 19th century he was an outspoken defender of homeopathy and a critic of the medical establishment of the time, which practised what is now termed Heroic medicine.

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