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Blackstone, William (bap. 1596?, d. 1675), settler in America and horticulturist, was born to unknown parents. It has been asserted that he was baptized on 5 March 1595 at Whickham in co. Durham, the son of John Blackstone and his wife, Agnes (...

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Blount, Thomas (1605/6–1678), landowner and local politician, was the second son of the six sons and two daughters born to Edward Blount (1559–1618), lawyer and landowner, and his second wife, Fortune, daughter of the London merchant Sir William Garway (Garraway). The Blount family held the manor and ...

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Bruce, Sir George (c. 1550–1625), mining industrialist and landowner, was probably born about 1550, the youngest of the three sons of Sir Edward Bruce (1505–1565) of Blairhall near Culross, in Perthshire, and Alison Reid of Aitkenhead, a sister of the bishop of Orkney...

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Craufurd, Patrick [Peter], of Auchenames (c. 1704–1778), politician and landowner, was the first surviving son of Patrick Craufurd (d. 1733), a wealthy Edinburgh merchant, and his second wife, Jean (d. 1740), daughter of Archibald Craufurd of Auchenames and Crosbie. The younger ...

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Forrest, Arthur (d. 1770), naval officer and planter; details of his parents and upbringing are unknown. Prior to his joining the Royal Navy he was a petty officer who traded to Cartagena as a mate or master of a merchantman and who volunteered as a pilot. By December 1740 he had passed his lieutenant's examination and was appointed to command the sloop ...

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Guinness, Richard Samuel (1797–1857), land agent and politician, was born in Dublin on 17 June 1797, the second son of Richard Guinness (1755–1829), barrister, and Mary, elder daughter of George Darley of The Scalp, co. Wicklow, and great-nephew of Arthur Guinness, founder of the ...

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Hay, William, fifth Lord Hay of Yester (1537/8–1586), landowner, was the son of John Hay, fourth Lord Hay of Yester (c.1510–1555/6), and his wife, Margaret, daughter of William Livingstone, fourth Lord Livingstone. He succeeded his father between 30 September 1555 and 30 January 1556, and was served heir to him either in 1559 or 1560. In June 1559 ...

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Huish, Robert (1777–1850), apiculturist and writer, son of Mark Huish of Nottingham, was born in the city and baptized at High Pavement Presbyterian Chapel there. After studying at Frankfurt am Main, where he acquired a good knowledge of German and French, he spent time in ...

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Johnston, George (1764–1823), army officer and agriculturist in Australia, was born on 19 March 1764 at Annandale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, the son of Captain George Johnston, aide-de-camp to Lord Percy, later duke of Northumberland. There is no substance to the accusation made by Governor William Bligh...

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Kennedy, Thomas, ninth earl of Cassillis (1726–1775), smuggler and landowner, was born on 12 February 1726, the seventeenth child and second surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of Andrew Douglas...