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McCombie, William (1809–1870), farmer and journalist, was born on 7 May 1809 at Alford, Aberdeenshire, the son of William McCombie, farmer, and his wife, Marjory Wishart. McCombie received little formal education and was largely self-educated under the influence of his mother. The Spectator...

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Stevenson, George (1799–1856), newspaper editor and proprietor and horticulturalist in Australia, was born at Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, on 13 April 1799. After the death of his father, a gentleman farmer, in 1811, he went to sea with an uncle who traded in the ...

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Trenchard, John [pseuds. Cato, Diogenes] (1668/9–1723), landowner and publicist, was the first son of William Trenchard (1640–1710), landowner, of Cutteridge, Wiltshire, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Sir George Norton of Abbots Leigh, Somerset. His nonconformist, whig father sat for Westbury...