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Ewing, Sir (James) Alfred (1855–1935), engineer and cryptographer, was born on 27 March 1855 at 109 Nethergate, Dundee, the youngest of the three sons of James Ewing (1810–1886), minister of St Andrew's Free Church, Dundee, and his wife, Marjory, eldest daughter of John Ferguson...

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Sir (James) Alfred Ewing (1855–1935) by Bassano, 1915 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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A. J. Arbuthnot

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Mackenzie, Colin (1806–1881), army and political officer in India, born in London on 25 March 1806, was the penultimate son of Kenneth Francis Mackenzie (1748–1831) and his wife, Anne, née Townsend (d. 1846). His father, of the Redcastle branch of Mackenzies, was a barrister, plantation owner, and attorney-general of ...

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Wood, John (1788–1860), naval architect and shipbuilder, was born at Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, on 10 October 1788, one of at least two sons of John Wood (d. 1811), a Port Glasgow shipbuilder. He followed his father into the business and his training included a spell of two years at the shipyard of ...