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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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David Hay Fleming (1849–1931) by Andrew Swan Watson, 1925 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maclean, John (1879–1923), revolutionary socialist, was born in Pollokshaws, Glasgow, on 14 August 1879, the sixth child of Daniel Maclean, a potter, and his wife, Annie McPhee, a weaver, who were members of the strictly sabbatarian Original Secessionist church. Maclean was eight years old when his father died, and he was brought up by his mother and maternal grandmother. Despite financial difficulties, he entered the ...

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John Maclean (1879–1923) by unknown photographer, 1919 [David Kirkwood (1872–1955) [far left] and [centre] at a workers' demonstration in Glasgow] Glasgow Museums People's Palace

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McCrie, Thomas (1797–1875), ecclesiastical historian and Free Church of Scotland minister, was born in Edinburgh on 7 November 1797, the eldest in a family of four sons and a daughter of Thomas McCrie (1772–1835), Secession church minister, and his wife, Janet Dickson (...

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McKane, William (1921–2004), biblical scholar, was born on 18 February 1921 at 42 Church Street, Dundee, the son of Thomas McKane, textile engineer, and his wife, Jemima, née Smith. Though dux (leading scholar) of Stobswell School, he left at fifteen to follow his father into the local jute mill of ...

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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 ...

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Wylie, James Aitken (1808–1890), Free Church of Scotland minister and author, was born at Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, on 9 August 1808, son of James Wylie and his wife, Margaret Forrest. He was educated at the parish school, and at Marischal College, Aberdeen, before completing his arts course with a session at ...