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Dick, Thomas (1774–1857), writer on science and philosopher, was born on 24 November 1774 in the Hilltown of Dundee, the youngest of three children of Mungo Dick and Margaret Stroak. His father was a handloom weaver of moderate means who served as treasurer for the ...

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Thomas Dick (1774–1857) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Paxton, George (1762–1837), Original Secession minister, born on 2 April 1762 at Dalgourie, a village in the parish of Bolton, Haddingtonshire, was the eldest son of William Paxton, a joiner or house carpenter, and his wife, Jean Milne. Soon after George's birth his parents moved to ...