Robert John Buchanan Eddison was born in the middle of World War 1, the son of the Rev. F. W. Eddison who ten years before had been domestic chaplain to Handley Moule, Bishop of Durham.
Andrew Fuller was born to dairy farmers Robert and Philippa on 6 February 1754 in Wicken, Cambridgeshire.
In 1874, the University of Edinburgh conferred on Bonar a Doctor of Divinity degree.
In 1863, Bonar edited a collection of Samuel Rutherford's letters and published it with a brief biographical sketch. The collection is still widely circulated today.