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J. M. Rigg

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Duncan, Mark (d. 1640), physician and philosopher, was probably born in London to Thomas Duncan of Maxpoffle, Roxburghshire, and Janet, daughter of Patrick Oliphant of Sowdoun in the same county. He appears to have been educated partly in Scotland and partly on the continent. He took the degree of MD, but at what university is not known....


Jack [Jacchaeus], Gilbert (bap. 1577, d. 1628), philosopher and physician, baptized in Aberdeen on 23 May 1577, was the son of Isabel Cargill and Andrew Jack, a merchant who died when Gilbert was still young. His mother then entrusted his upbringing to Thomas Cargill...