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Buchan, Stevenson (1907–1996), geologist, was born on 4 March 1907 at 32 Queen Street, Peterhead, the only child of James Buchan (1864–1943), fish trader, and his second wife, Christian Ewen (1870–1933), daughter of James Stevenson and his wife, Eliza Simpson. He had a half-brother, ...

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Dawson, George Mercer (1849–1901), geologist and anthropologist, was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, on 1 August 1849, the son of Sir John William Dawson (1820–1899), geologist, and Margaret Ann Young Mercer (b. 1829/30). His father became principal of McGill College in 1855, and the young ...

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Sir John William Dawson (1820–1899) by unknown engraver, pubd 1886 (after Notman & Sandham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dawson, Sir John William (1820–1899), geologist and educationist, was born on 13 October 1820 in Pictou, Nova Scotia, the elder of the two sons of James Dawson (1789–1858?), then a merchant and later a bookseller, and Mary Rankine of Stirlingshire. Mary, whose parents had died when she was young, was raised by relatives in ...

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Flett, Sir John Smith (1869–1947), geologist, was born on 26 June 1869 at Kirkwall, Orkney, the second son of James Ferguson Flett, merchant and bailie, and his wife, Mary Ann (née Copland). From the Kirkwall burgh school he went to George Watson's College, Edinburgh...

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Geikie, Sir Archibald (1835–1924), geologist and historian, was born in Edinburgh on 28 December 1835, the eldest son of James Stuart Geikie, a shop proprietor and subsequently professional musician, and Isabella Thom. James Murdoch Geikie (1839–1915) was his younger brother. Geikie was educated in ...

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Gordon [née Ogilvie], Dame Maria Matilda (1864–1939), geologist and women's activist, was born on 30 April 1864 in Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, elder daughter among seven children of Revd Alexander Ogilvie (1830/31–1904), schoolmaster, and his wife, Maria Matilda Nicol. The family moved to Aberdeen...

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Harkness, Robert (1816–1878), geologist, was born at Ormskirk, Lancashire, on 28 July 1816, the son of Richard and Ellen Harkness. He was educated at Dumfries high school and Edinburgh University (1833–4) where he studied under Robert Jameson and J. D. Forbes. Between 1834 and 1848 he lived in ...

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Harrison, John Vernon (1892–1972), geologist and explorer, was born on 16 March 1892 at Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, the son of J. Frederick Harrison, a civil engineer. Of Scottish parentage, he was educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Allan Glen's School, Glasgow...

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Headrick, James (bap. 1759, d. 1841), Church of Scotland minister, agronomist, and geologist, was baptized in the Stirlingshire parish of Logie on 25 March 1759, second of eight children of John Headrick (b. c.1730), farmer, and Isabel, née Neilson (b...

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Hislop, Stephen (1817–1863), missionary and geologist, was born at Duns, Berwickshire, on 8 September 1817, the youngest of the six children of Stephen Hislop, mason and an elder in the Relief church, and his wife, Margaret Thompson. Even as a boy he was a keen observer of nature and interested in geology, and after local schooling he went to ...

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Robert Hunter (1823–1897) by G. Haworth by permission of the Geological Society of London

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Hunter, Robert (1823–1897), Free Church of Scotland missionary, geologist, and lexicographer, was born at Newburgh, Fife, on 3 September 1823, son of John Mackenzie Hunter (d. 1878), an excise officer and a native of Wigtownshire, and his wife, Agnes Strickland of Ulverston, Lancashire...

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Robert Jameson (1774–1854) by Frederick Schenck (after W. Stewart) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jameson, Robert (1774–1854), geologist and natural historian, was born on 11 July 1774 in Leith, the third son in the family of twelve of Thomas Jameson (c.1750–1802), a soap maker of Shetland ancestry, and his wife, Catherine Paton (1750–1794) of Leith...

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Kennedy, William Quarrier (1903–1979), geologist, was born on 30 November 1903, at the Orphan Homes of Scotland in Bridge of Weir, Renfrewshire, the youngest of five children of John Gordon Kennedy, headmaster of the Orphan Homes school, and his wife, Peterina, née Webster...

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Logan, Sir William Edmond (1798–1875), geologist in Canada, was born on 20 April 1798 in Montreal, the second son in the family of nine children of William Logan (1759–1841), a baker and owner of real estate, and his wife, Janet, née Edmond (...

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Sir William Edmond Logan (1798–1875) by Ernest Edwards, pubd 1865 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackenzie, Sir George Steuart, seventh baronet (1780–1848), chemist, geologist, and antiquary, was born in Edinburgh on 22 June 1780, only surviving child of Sir Alexander Mackenzie, sixth baronet (c.1741–1796), a major-general in the Bengal army, and Katherine (d. 1829), daughter of ...