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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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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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Bethune [née Peebles], Margaret (1820–1887), midwife, was born in Largo, Fife, on 2 October 1820, the only child of Margaret Walker (d. 1874), a linen worker. Her father was Andrew Peebles, a weaver of Lundin Mill. The family was not wealthy, although in 1847 ...

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Margaret Bethune (1820–1887) by unknown photographer Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

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Blyth, James (1839–1906), electrical engineer and university teacher, was born on 4 April 1839 at Marykirk in Kincardineshire, near Montrose (Forfarshire), the son of John Blyth (1793/4–1874), an innkeeper and small farmer, and his wife, Catherine (1802/3–1884), daughter of John Grant, militia officer; his parents were both originally from ...

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James Blyth (1839–1906) by E. J. Mills, 1901 by permission of Strathclyde University Archives

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Brown, John (1784–1858), minister of the United Presbyterian church and theologian, was born at Burnhead, Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, on 12 July 1784, the third child and eldest son of the Secession minister John Brown of Whitburn (1754–1832) and his first wife, Isabella Cranston (...

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Brydone, Patrick (1736–1818), traveller and author, was born on 5 January 1736, probably in Coldingham, Berwickshire, Scotland, one of the seven children of Robert Brydone (1686?–1761), minister of Coldingham, and Elizabeth, daughter of the previous minister, John Dysart, or Dysert, who were married on 30 June 1727 at ...