James Begg

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James Begg (born 31 October 1808 in New Monklands, Lanarkshire, Scotland; died 29 September 1883) was a Free Church of Scotland minister.

Begg was a Church of Scotland Minister in Liberton, Edinburgh prior to the Disruption of 1843. He then became Minister in the Free Church of Scotland at Newington, Edinburgh,[1] and also served as Moderator of the General Assembly in 1865.[2]

Begg was a key figure in the foundation of the Scottish Reformation Society in 1850 and the Protestant Alliance, and was known not just for anti-Catholicism but also his concern for working and living conditions.[3] He was editor for The Bulwark or The Reformation Journal for 21 years from its beginning July, 1851.[4] He also wrote frequently to The Witness, Hugh Miller's newspaper.

Together with Thomas Chalmers, Begg was a major influence behind the colony houses of Edinburgh,[5] which were built between 1850 and 1910 as homes for artisans and skilled working-class families by philanthropic model dwellings companies.


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  2.  Blaikie, William Garden (1885). "Begg, James". In Stephen, Leslie (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co. Retrieved 21 February 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Fraser, Hamish (2000). Scottish Popular Politics: From Radicalism to Labour. Polygon. p. 73. ISBN 1-902930-11-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Brown, Stewart (2008). Providence and Empire. Longman. p. 183. ISBN 0-582-29960-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Gifford, J. Edinburgh (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of Scotland). Yale University Press. p. 420. ISBN 0-300-09672-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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