Alexander Whyte

1836-1921. Scottish minister, often described as the “last of the Puritans.” Born in Kirriemuir, he was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, and at the Free Church of Scotland's* New College, Edinburgh. For four years from 1866 he was assistant minister of Free St. John's, Glasgow, then he was called to Edinburgh as colleague and successor to R.S. Candlish at Free St. George's. During nearly forty years there he established a reputation as a graphic and compelling preacher to an extent probably unparalleled even in a nation of preachers. In 1909 Whyte became principal of New College and taught NT literature there. He was moderator of the Free Church general assembly in 1898 and the author of a number of devotional books.