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Horatius Bonar

1808 - 1889

Horatius was probably converted as a teenager. At Edinburgh University he studied under Thomas Chalmers, whom he thought the greatest man he had ever met. He was licensed to preach in the Church of Scotland in 1833, and began ministering as assistant at St John’s Church, south Leith. He was called to a Borders congregation in Kelso in 1837, where he ministered for 29 years.