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P. B. Ballard

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Adams, Sir John (1857–1934), educationist, was born at Glasgow on 2 July 1857, the third son of Charles Adams, a master blacksmith in the Trongate, Glasgow, and his wife, Barbara McCallum. After attending St David's School he became a pupil teacher at Old Wynd School (later Oatlands School)...

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Addis, Sir Charles Stewart (1861–1945), banker and government adviser, was born on 23 November 1861 in Edinburgh, the youngest of twelve children of the Revd Thomas Addis (1813–1899), a Free Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Robina, daughter of a tea merchant in ...

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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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Craigie Mason Aitchison, Lord Aitchison (1882–1941) by Stanley Cursiter, 1937 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Alexander, William (1826–1894), novelist and journalist, was born on 12 June 1826 at the farm of Westerhouses, Rescivet, in the parish of Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. He was the eldest son of the ten children of James Alexander (1789–1856), blacksmith and tenant farmer, and his wife, ...

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William Alexander (1826–1894) by Sir George Reid Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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A. J. Arbuthnot

revised by Lionel Alexander Ritchie

Anderson, John (1805–1855), missionary in India, was born on 23 May 1805 at Craig Farm, in the parish of Kirkpatrick-Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire, and was the eldest son among nine children. His father was blind and his upbringing a difficult one. He was educated at the parish school before going on to ...

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Annan, Thomas (1829/30–1887), photographer, was apparently the fifth of the seven children of John Annan (1792–1869), a farmer, flax spinner, and corn miller, who lived in the parish of Dairsie in Fife, and his wife, Agnes Bell (1791?–1878). He left home in November 1845 to begin an apprenticeship as a lithographic writer and engraver with the ...

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Thomas Annan (1829/3030–1887) self-portrait?, 1857 Annan Gallery, Glasgow

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Arnot, Frederick Stanley (1858–1914), missionary in Africa, was born on 12 September 1858 at his parents' home, 8 Byrnbank Terrace, Glasgow, the son of William Arnot, a merchant, and Elizabeth Helen, née Macdonald. The family moved to Hamilton in 1864, where Frederick became a playmate of ...