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James Burnett, Lord Monboddo (bap. 1714, d. 1799) by John Brown Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Burnett, James, Lord Monboddo (bap. 1714, d. 1799), judge and philosopher, was born at Monboddo, near Fordoun, Kincardineshire, and baptized on 25 October 1714. He was the eldest surviving son of James Burnett (b. 1688), third laird of Monboddo, and Elizabeth (1690–1765)...

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Alexander Forbes, fourth Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (1678–1762) by Alexis-Simon Belle, 1720 [detail] private collection

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Forbes, Alexander, fourth Lord Forbes of Pitsligo (1678–1762), philosopher and Jacobite army officer, only son of the third lord, Alexander Forbes (c.1655–1690), and Lady Sophia Erskine (fl. 1676–1734), third daughter of John, twentieth earl of Mar, was born on 24 May 1678. He succeeded to the estates and title on the death of his father in 1690. ...

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Hamilton, Elizabeth (1840–1882), philosopher and educationist, was born in Edinburgh, the only daughter and fourth child of Sir William Hamilton of Preston, bt (1788–1856), philosopher and professor of logic and metaphysics at Edinburgh University 1836–56, and his cousin and wife, Janet (d...

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John David Mabbott (1898–1988) by Lafayette, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mabbott, John David (1898–1988), philosopher, was born on 18 November 1898 at Duns, Berwickshire, the home town of Duns Scotus and of David Hume. He was the eldest of the four children of Walter John Mabbott and his wife, Elizabeth (Bessie) Davies. His father had recently become headmaster of the ...

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MacKinnon, Donald MacKenzie (1913–1994), philosopher and theologian, was born in Oban, Argyll, on 27 August 1913, the son of Donald MacKenzie MacKinnon (d. 1930), procurator fiscal, and his wife, Grace Isabella Rhind. An Anglicized Scot, MacKinnon was educated at Cargilfield School, Edinburgh...

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Ramsay, Andrew Michael [Jacobite Sir Andrew Ramsay, baronet] (1686–1743), philosopher and Jacobite sympathizer, was born in Ayr in 1686, probably on 29 May, the son of Andrew Ramsay (c.1660–c.1740) and his wife, Susanna. His father, a baker and burgess of the town of ...