Born in the parish of Moulin in 1806, Alexander Duff was first educated in what is now the Session House beside the kirk in Kirkmichael. He went on to St. Andrews University where he studied theology, before being chosen as the Church of Scotland’s first missionary in India. After an initial spell in India during which he had an important part to play in changing and modernising the country’s educational system, he returned to Scotland, where he rose to become moderator of the Free Church of Scotland. During further visits to India Duff also played a part in the establishment of the University of Calcutta. The Cateran Trail passes by the Duff Memorial Free Church, designed by L.& J. Falconer in 1890, now disused and sadly dilapidated.