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Arnot, William (1808–1875), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Scone on 6 November 1808, the seventh and youngest child of Robert Arnot (b. 1763), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Margaret Fisher; his mother died shortly after his birth. As a boy ...

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Henry Bell (1767–1830) by James Tannock Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bell, Henry (1767–1830), hotelier and developer of steam navigation, was born at Torphichen Mill, Linlithgowshire, on 7 April 1767, the fifth son of Patrick Bell and his wife, Margaret Easton. He was educated at the village school and then in Falkirk. Despite the reputation of Scottish schools, his education served him badly and for the rest of his life he was unable to spell and made many grammatical errors in his extensive correspondence. At the age of thirteen he was apprenticed as a stonemason and then in 1783 as a millwright—two trades much in demand at a time when Scottish industry was growing rapidly. In 1786 he began work in the shipyard of ...

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A. J. Arbuthnot

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Broadfoot, George (1807–1845), army officer in the East India Company, was born at Kirkwall, Orkney, the eldest surviving son of the Revd William Broadfoot, from a west Yorkshire family and minister of the Kirkwall Secession Church, 1798–1817, and his wife, Helen, née Sutherland (1783–1839)...

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Brown, John [known as John Brown of Haddington] (1722–1787), minister of the Secession church and theologian, was one of four children born to John Brown (d. c.1733), weaver and salmon fisher, and Catherine, née Millie (d. c.1735), in the now abandoned hamlet of ...

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Brown, John (bap. 1735, d. 1788), physician, the son of Archibald Brown, a weaver at Lintlaws, was baptized in the parish church of Bunckle, Berwickshire, Scotland, on 17 May 1735. His father died when Brown was young and his mother remarried. At the age of five ...

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John Brown (1722–1787) by William Home Lizars © National Portrait Gallery, London

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John Brown (bap. 1735, d. 1788) self-portrait, c. 1780 National Museums of Scotland; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Bruce, Michael (1746–1767), poet, was born on 27 March 1746 at Kinnesswood in Portmoak, Kinross-shire, the fifth of eight children of Alexander Bruce (d. 1772), weaver, and Ann, née Bruce (1710/11–1798). Bruce's father was a significant local figure, notably as an elder of the seceding church of ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Campbell, George (bap. 1761, d. 1817), poet, was born at Kilmarnock, and baptized there on 28 February 1761, the son of John Campbell and his wife, Janet, née Parker. His father died when he was still very young, and he was brought up under the care of his mother, who earned a living by winding yarn for the carpet works. Apprenticed to a shoemaker, ...