Samuel Davidson (1806 - 1899):
Cleric, Presbyterian and biblical critic
Samuel Davidson was born in Kellswater, County Antrim, and was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. He became a Presbyterian minister in 1833 and was later appointed Professor of Biblical Criticism in Belfast. Lancashire Independent College, Manchester, employed him in the same capacity, but because of his heterodox views he resigned in 1856. He published many theological works, including The Text of the Old Testament Considered. He was one of the pioneers of English biblical criticism, and his autobiography was published in 1890.