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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Eminent Scottish ecclesiastic, born in Glasgow; professor of Church History and Principal in the Free Church College, Edinburgh; an able man, a sagacious and an earnest, a distinguished leader of the Free Church; forced into that position more by circumstances, it is believed, than by natural inclination, and in that situation some think more a loss than a gain to the Church catholic, to which in heart and as a scholar he belongs; b . 1826.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Rainy, Robert'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/r/rainy-robert.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.