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Alexander Whyte

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For the British colonial administrator, see Alexander Frederick Whyte Rev Alexander Whyte D.D.,LL.D. (13 January 1836 – 6 January 1921) was a Scottish divine. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 1898. Life He was born in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire to Janet Thomson, an unmarried girl. Janet declined to marry Alexander's father, John Whyte, who thereafter went to America. She did however give Alexander his father's surname. His mother joined the Free Church of Scotland at the Disruption of 1843. In 1848 he began an apprenticeship as a cobbler. In 1854 he took on a role as schoolteacher at Padanaram in Forfar and the following year moved to teach in Airlie. In Airlie the local minister taught him Latin and Greek, enabling him to apply for university He studied divinity at the University of Aberdeen and then at New College, Edinburgh graduating in 1866. This was in part funded by his estranged father. His half-sister, Elizabeth W
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