1810-1872. Scottish Secession and minister and NT scholar. Born in Alva, Clackmannanshire (where today one of the two parish churches bears his name), he was the son of an elderly Relief Kirk father and a youthful but pious Antiburgher mother. In 1843 he was appointed professor of biblical literature in the United Presbyterian Divinity Hall; in 1857 he was moderator of his church's general assembly. His Analytical Concordance, Family Bible, and Biblical Cyclopaedia proved very popular, and his widely acclaimed commentaries on several of the Pauline epistles helped to secure for him a place as one of the Committee engaged in preparing the of the Bible in English (1870).