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Aitchison, Craigie Mason, Lord Aitchison (1882–1941), judge, was born at the manse, Erskine, Falkirk, on 26 January 1882, the second son of the Revd James Aitchison, minister of the United Presbyterian church, and his wife, Elizabeth Mason Craigie. He was educated at Falkirk high school...

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Baillie, Robert, of Jerviswood (d. 1684), conspirator, was the son of George Baillie of St John's Kirk, Lanarkshire, of the Lamington Baillies, and the nephew of the covenanter leader, Archibald Johnston of Wariston. Of presbyterian principles, he was, according to his cousin, Gilbert Burnet...

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Bannatyne, Sir William Macleod, Lord Bannatyne (1744–1833), judge, was born on 26 January 1744, perhaps in Edinburgh, the son of Roderick Macleod (d. 1784) of Sunbank, writer to the signet, and his first wife, Isabel (fl. 1736–1744), daughter of Hector Bannatyne...

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Borden, Sir Robert Laird (1854–1937), lawyer and prime minister of Canada, was born in Grand Pré, in the Annapolis valley, Nova Scotia, on 26 June 1854, the eldest son of Andrew Borden (1816–1900), a farmer and railway station master, and his wife, Eunice Jane (...

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Boswell, James (1740–1795), lawyer, diarist, and biographer of Samuel Johnson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 October 1740, probably at the family's house on the fourth storey of Blair's Land, Parliament Close, the eldest son of Alexander Boswell, Lord Auchinleck (1707–1782), and his first wife, ...

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Bryce, James, Viscount Bryce (1838–1922), jurist, historian, and politician, was born in Arthur Street, Belfast, on 10 May 1838, the eldest son of James Bryce (1806–1877), schoolteacher and geologist.

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Caldwell, Andrew (1733–1808), barrister and connoisseur of architecture, was born on 19 December 1733, the eldest of the ten children of Charles Caldwell (1707–1776), solicitor to the commissioners of revenue in Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth (1709–1792), daughter of Benjamin Heywood, merchant, of ...

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Cockburn, Henry, Lord Cockburn (1779–1854), author and judge, was born in or near Edinburgh, on 26 October 1779, the son of Archibald Cockburn (d. 1820), and his wife, Janet Rannie. His father was one of the learned lairds who made up the country's ...

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Cranstoun, George, Lord Corehouse (d. 1850), judge, was the second son of the Hon. George Cranstoun of Longwarton, seventh son of the fifth Lord Cranstoun, and Maria, daughter of Thomas Brisbane of Brisbane, Ayrshire. His second sister, Jane Anne, afterwards countess of Purgstall...

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Crosbie, Andrew (1736–1785), lawyer and antiquary, was probably born at Soutergate, Dumfries. He was the surviving son (the elder died young) of Andrew Crosbie (d. 1762), provost of Dumfries (like his father, John), and Jean, daughter of James Grierson of Barjary...

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Dalrymple, Sir David, third baronet, Lord Hailes (1726–1792), judge and historian, was born on 26 October 1726 in Edinburgh, the eldest of the sixteen children of Sir James Dalrymple, second baronet (1692–1751), and Christian (c.1703–1770), daughter of Thomas Hamilton, sixth earl of Haddington...

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Dalrymple, Sir Hew, first baronet, Lord North Berwick (1652–1737), judge and politician, was the third son of James Dalrymple, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), and Margaret (d. 1692), daughter of James Ross of Balneil and widow of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw. Like his father and elder brothers ...

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Dalrymple, James, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), lawyer and politician, was born in May 1619 at Drummurchie in Ayrshire, the only child of James Dalrymple of Drummurchie (d. 1625) and of Janet (d. 1664), daughter of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw. His father was the second son of ...

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Dalrymple, John, first earl of Stair (1648–1707), politician and lord advocate, was the eldest son of James Dalrymple, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), and Margaret Ross (d. 1692), widow of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw, and daughter of James Ross of Balneil. Among his brothers were ...

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Douglas [formerly Stewart], Archibald James Edward, first Baron Douglas (1748–1827), litigant and politician, the son of Sir John Stewart of Grandtully, third baronet (1687–1764), and his wife, Lady Jane Douglas (1698–1753), was born on 10 July 1748 at faubourg St Germain, Paris...

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Erskine, Henry (1746–1817), lawyer and politician, was born at Gray's Close, Edinburgh, on 1 November 1746, the third son of Henry David Erskine, tenth earl of Buchan (1710–1767), and of his wife, Agnes (1717–1778); she was the second daughter of Sir James Steuart, ...

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Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer to the signet, who died in Naples on 5 April 1791, and Ann Graham (...

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Ervine, David Walter (1953–2007), paramilitary and politician, was born on 21 July 1953 at 11 Chamberlain Street, Belfast, the third son and youngest of the five children of Walter Ervine, engineering worker, and his wife, Elizabeth (Dolly), née Tate. As a boy he attended Sunday school at the local Presbyterian church but gradually drifted away from formal religious observance. He was educated at ...

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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Fergusson, George, Lord Hermand (1743–1827), judge, was born on 25 August 1743 at Kilkerran, near Dailly, Ayrshire, the thirteenth of the fourteen children of Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, second baronet (bap. 1688, d. 1759), senator of the college of justice as Lord Kilkerran...