Alexander Smellie (1857-1923) was born in Stranraer. After his theological studies, he returned there to pastor an original Seccession Church. He also ministered in Thurso (1894-1900) and in Carluke (1900-1923). Smellie looked forward to the reunion of the evangelical Presbyterian denominations in Scotland and had cordial relations with Christians in other churches. As a writer he is best-known for his Men of the Covenants which has been translated into several languages.