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Brown John

Brown, John, was born near Abernethy, Perthshire, in 1722. His parents were very poor, and after a meagre education he was set to herd sheep. While tending his flocks he studied Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, qualified himself to occupy the position of a schoolmaster, and ultimately was licensed to preach in 1750. He wrote numerous works, the chief being, The self-interpreting Bible, Dictionary of the Bible, Harmony of Scripture Propliecies, and some church histories. He died in 1787 at Haddington, where he was the minister of the Burgher dissenting congregation.