WARDLAW, Ralph. b. Dalkeith, near Edinburgh, 22 December 1779; d. Easterhouse, Glasgow, 17 December 1853. His family moved to Glasgow when he was a baby, and he was educated there and at Glasgow University, which he entered at the age of 12. His family were members of the Associated Synod, or ‘Burgher Church’, and Ralph trained for the ministry of that church at the Theological Hall of the Secession Church in Glasgow. Controversies within the branches of the seceding church led him to join the Congregationalists, then undergoing a revival in Scotland, in 1800. He preached at revival meetings to such effect that a congregation was formed which built a chapel for him in North Albion Street...
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