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Bisset, James (1795–1872), scholar, was the son of George Bisset and his wife, Mary Adamson. He was born on 20 April 1795 in the parish of Udny in Aberdeenshire, where his father was parish schoolmaster and headmaster of a private academy and boarding-school. ...

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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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Carmichael, James (1542/3–1628), Church of Scotland minister and scholar, is first recorded as matriculating in the University of St Andrews as a student in St Leonard's College in the session 1560–61. Of his parents and earlier education nothing is known. Among his contemporaries in the university were ...

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Clark, Andrew (1856–1922), Church of England clergyman, scholar, and diarist, was born on 5 June 1856 at Dollarfield, Clackmannanshire, the fifth son of Robert Clark, a farm worker, and his wife, Eliza Bowie. He was educated at Dollar Academy and from 1871 to 1875 at the ...

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Cunningham, Alexander, of Block (1650x60–1730), jurist and scholar, was the eldest of the six children of John Cunningham (d. 1668), minister of Cumnock, Ayrshire, from 1647, and Elizabeth Cunningham (d. 1677). His father, proprietor of the small estate of Block in ...

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Douglas, William, first marquess of Douglas (1589–1660), magnate and scholar, was the eldest son of William Douglas, tenth earl of Angus (c. 1554–1611), and his wife, Elizabeth (d. in or after 1611), daughter of Laurence Oliphant, fourth Lord Oliphant. From early childhood, the ...

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Dowden, John (1840–1910), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Edinburgh and scholar, was born on 29 June 1840 at Cork, the fifth of the five surviving children of John Wheeler Dowden (1799–1891), linen draper, and his wife, Alicia Bennett (d. 1869), daughter of John Barter Bennett...

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Fergusson, Sir James, eighth baronet (1904–1973), archivist and scholar, was born on 18 September 1904, the eldest son of Sir Charles Fergusson, seventh baronet (1865–1951), of Kilkerran, Ayrshire, and his wife, Lady Alice Mary Boyle (1877–1958), second daughter of the seventh earl of Glasgow...

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George Hamilton- Gordon, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860) by Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1829–30 private collection

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Gordon, George Hamilton-, fourth earl of Aberdeen (1784–1860), prime minister and scholar, first child of six sons and a daughter of George Gordon, Lord Haddo (1764–1791), and his wife, Charlotte (or Charles; d. 1795), the youngest daughter of William Baird of Newbyth, Haddingtonshire...

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Sir John Alexander Hammerton (1871–1949) by Howard Coster, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hammerton, Sir John Alexander (1871–1949), author and editor of reference works, was born in Alexandria, Dunbartonshire, on 27 February 1871, the second in a family of two sons and one daughter of James Hammerton (1832/3–1874/5), clog maker of Oldham, and his second wife, ...

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Hegat, William (fl. 1598–1621), humanist and academic, was born at Glasgow, the son most probably of William Hegat (c.1522–1591/2), burgess of Glasgow and notary, and his wife, Janet Graham (d. 1608). The elder William Hegat certainly had a son William...

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Johnston, John (c. 1565–1611), scholar and poet, was born in Aberdeen, the son of Robert Johnston, merchant, and Isobell Boyes (d. 1616). He was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and King's College, and matriculated at the University of Rostock in August 1584, probably aged about nineteen....

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George Mackenzie, first earl of Cromarty (1630–1714) by Michael Dahl, c. 1708 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Mackenzie, George, first earl of Cromarty (1630–1714), politician and polymath, was born at Innerteil, near Kinghorn, Fife, the eldest son of Sir John Mackenzie (d. 1654) of Tarbat, Ross-shire, baronet, and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir George Erskine of Innerteil, Lord Innerteil...

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Maxwell, James (b. 1581?, d. in or after 1635), scholar and theological controversialist, is said to have been the sole son of William Maxwell of Little Airds. He frequently expressed pride in being the grandson of William Maxwell of Kirkconnel (fl. 1540–1567), who had served ...

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Rees, Abraham (1743–1825), Presbyterian minister and encyclopaedist, was born at the Old Independent Chapel House at Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, the second son of Lewis Rees (1710–1800), Independent minister, and his wife, Esther Penry. The family moved in 1759, when his father became Independent minister at ...

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Abraham Rees (1743–1825) by John Opie, exh. RA 1796 by permission of Dr Williams's Library

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