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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Anderson, John, first Viscount Waverley (1882–1958), civil service administrator and politician, was born at 1 Livingstone Place, Edinburgh, on 8 July 1882, the only surviving son of David Alexander Pearson Anderson (1855–1948), a fancy stationer who later became a director of a well-known firm of printers and publishers, ...

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John Anderson, first Viscount Waverley (1882–1958) by Howard Coster, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bellenden, Sir Lewis, of Auchnoll (1555x7–1591), administrator and judge, was the eldest son of Sir John Bellenden of Auchnoul (d. 1576) and his second wife, Barbara, daughter of Sir Hugh Kennedy of Girvanmains and Dame Jane Stewart, Lady Methven. Lewis was born between 1555 and August 1557, when he and his mother were granted a charter of certain lands in the ...

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Bellenden, William, first Lord Bellenden of Broughton (1604/5–1671), Treasury official, was the only son of Sir James Bellenden of Broughton (d. 1606) and his wife, Elizabeth Ker (d. 1656). He succeeded to his father's estates in 1606. Bellenden took the royalist side during the civil wars. Seeking to procure arms, ammunition, and shipping from ...

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Blackwell, Alexander (bap. 1709, d. 1747), agricultural improver and government agent in Sweden, was baptized in Aberdeen on 10 October 1709. He was the son of Thomas Blackwell (1660?–1728), professor of theology and principal at Marischal College in Aberdeen, and his wife, Christian (...

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Bonar, James (1852–1941), civil servant and economist, was born in the manse at Collace, Perthshire, on 27 September 1852, the elder son and second of the six children of the Revd Andrew Alexander Bonar (1810–1892), a Free Church minister, after whom the politician ...

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Braidwood, James (1800–1861), fire officer, was born at Edinburgh on 3 September 1800, the ninth of ten children of Francis Braidwood (b. 1752), a cabinet-maker who became a successful builder, and his wife, Janet Mitchell. His grandfather, William Braidwood, a strict sabbatarian, was one of the ‘...

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James Braidwood (1800–1861) by unknown photographer London Fire Brigade

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Bruce, Edward, first Lord Kinloss and first Baron Bruce of Kinloss (1548/9–1611), lawyer and administrator, was the second son of Sir Edward Bruce of Blairhall, Clackmannanshire (1505–1565), and his wife, Alison, daughter of William Reid of Aitkenhead, Clackmannanshire; he was thus a nephew of ...