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Patrick Fairbairn

1805-1874. Scottish theologian. Born in Berwickshire, he studied at Edinburgh University, and after ordination served parishes in Orkney, Glasgow, and Salton (East Lothian) where he continued as minister of the free church after the 1843 Disruption.* In 1853 he went to his church's Aberdeen college as professor of divinity, and three years later he became principal of the Glasgow college, which post he held until his death. A scholar who became widely known outside his own denomination, he was a member of the Old Testament Revision Company. He wrote a definitive work, The Typology of Scripture (rep. 1953), and his other publications included commentaries on Ezekiel and the Pastoral epistles, and the editorship of the Imperial Bible Dictionary.