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Macbain, Alexanderlocked

  • Ronald Black


Macbain, Alexander (1855–1907), philologist, was born at Balguish Farmhouse, Glenfeshie, Badenoch, Inverness-shire, on 22 July 1855, the illegitimate son of John Macbain, farmservant, and Margaret Mackintosh, maidservant. A fluent Gaelic speaker who grew up in poverty as a cowherd, he learned English when at ...

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