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John Boyd Orr

John Boyd Orr

John Boyd Orr was born at Kilmaurs, Ayrshire on 23 September 1880, the son of a quarrymaster and attended Kilmarnock Academy. His upbringing was set against the religious background of the Covenanters and the Free Church of Scotland, and it had been intended that he would train for the ministry, to which two of his brothers were ordained. To this end he was educated at the University of Glasgow, enrolling for the degree of MA, but during the course of his studies he came under the influence of Darwinism, and abandoned his intentions of entering the ministry.

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