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Alexander, William, first earl of Stirling (1577–1640), poet and politician, was born probably at Menstrie Castle in Clackmannanshire, the only son (there were four daughters) of Alexander Alexander (d. 1581) and Marion, daughter of Gilbert Graham of Gartavertane. His descent has been traced from the lords of the ...

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Campbell, John [called Iain Glas], first earl of Breadalbane and Holland (1634–1717), magnate and politician, was born on 29 May 1634 at Stronmillochan, Glenorchy, Argyll, the eldest son of Sir John Campbell of Glenorchy, fourth baronet (d. 1686), and his first wife, ...

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Douglas, James, second duke of Queensberry and first duke of Dover (1662–1711), politician, was born at Sanquhar Castle, Dumfriesshire, on 18 December 1662, the eldest son of William Douglas, third earl and first duke of Queensberry (1637–1695), and Lady Isabel Douglas (d...

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Douglas, William, seventh earl of Morton (1582–1648), politician and nobleman, was the son of Robert Douglas of Lochleven (d. 1585) and Jean Lyon (d. 1608×10), daughter of John Lyon, eighth Lord Glamis (c. 1544–1578). Following his father's death in March 1585 his mother married ...

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Drummond, James, fourth earl of Perth and Jacobite first duke of Perth (1648–1716), politician, born on 7 July 1648, was the elder son of James Drummond, third earl of Perth (c. 1615-1675), and Lady Anne (1616?–1656), eldest daughter of George Gordon, ...

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Drummond, John, styled first earl of Melfort and Jacobite first duke of Melfort (1649–1714), politician, was the younger son of James Drummond, third earl of Perth (d. 1675), and Lady Anne (1616?–1656), eldest daughter of George Gordon, second marquess of Huntly, and younger brother of ...

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Erskine, John, styled twenty-second or sixth earl of Mar and Jacobite duke of Mar (bap. 1675, d. 1732), Jacobite army officer, politician, and architect, was born on the lowland family estate at Alloa, Clackmannanshire, and baptized at Alloa parish church on 21 January 1675. He was the first of four surviving children of ...

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Fraser, Simon, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), Jacobite conspirator, army officer, and outlaw, was the second but first surviving son of Thomas Fraser (1631–1699), sometimes styled 'of Beaufort' (the third son of Hugh Fraser, seventh Lord Lovat), and Sybilla Macleod (...

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Gordon, William, sixth Viscount Kenmure and Jacobite marquess of Kenmure (d. 1716), Jacobite conspirator, was the only son of Alexander Gordon (d. 1698) of Cuil and Penninghame, fifth Viscount Kenmure, and his second wife, Marion (d. in or before 1672), widow of one ...

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Henderson, Alexander (c. 1583–1646), Church of Scotland minister and politician, was born about 1583 in Criech, Fife, probably in or near the village of Luthrie, since he left 2000 merks to the village school in his will. He was possibly the son of ...

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Johnston, Arthur (c. 1579–1641), poet, was born at Caskieben, Aberdeenshire, the fifth son of George Johnston of Caskieben (d. 1593) and Christian (d. 1622), the daughter of William, seventh Lord Forbes (d. 1622). The eldest of his five brothers, John...

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Lindsay, Colin, third earl of Balcarres (1652–1721), politician and Jacobite sympathizer, was baptized at Kilconquhar, Fife, on 23 August 1652, the fourth and youngest (but second surviving) son of Alexander Lindsay, first earl of Balcarres (1618–1659), and his wife, Anna Mackenzie (c. 1621–1707)...

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Mackenzie, Sir George, of Rosehaugh (1636/1638–1691), lawyer and politician, was born in Dundee either in 1636, as most sources assert, or in 1638, as his own works suggest. He was the eldest son of Simon Mackenzie (d. 1666) of Lochslin and his first wife, ...

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Maule, James, fourth earl of Panmure (1658/9–1723), Jacobite sympathizer, was the fifth son of George Maule, second earl of Panmure (1619–1671), and his wife, Lady Jean Campbell (1624/5–1703), eldest daughter of John Campbell, first earl of Loudoun; Patrick Maule, first earl of Panmure...

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Menteith, Robert (bap. 1603, d. in or before 1660), author, was baptized in Edinburgh on 25 January 1603, the third son of Alexander Menteith, merchant and burgess of Edinburgh, and his wife, Rachel Sandilands. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated MA on 14 July 1621; he subsequently spent four years as professor of philosophy at the protestant academy of ...

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Middleton, Charles, styled second earl of Middleton and Jacobite first earl of Monmouth (1649/50–1719), politician, was the youngest of the three surviving children of John Middleton, first earl of Middleton (c. 1608–1674), soldier and politician, and his first wife, Grizel (d. 1666)...

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Paterson, John (1632–1708), archbishop of Glasgow, was the eldest son of John Paterson (1604–1679), minister of Foveran and later bishop of Ross, and Elizabeth Ramsay, his wife. Admitted to Marischal College, Aberdeen, in 1648, on 13 March 1655 he was admitted to study theology at ...

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Sage, John (1652–1711), Scottish Episcopal bishop and writer, was born in the parish of Creich, Fife, the son of a royalist captain in Lord Duffus's regiment. After a parish schooling he attended St Salvator's College, St Andrews, where he graduated MA on 24 July 1669. A keen student of classical authors and of logic and metaphysics, he continued to study while a schoolmaster at ...