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Dobbs, Arthur (1689–1765), colonial governor and writer on trade, was born at Girvan in Ayrshire on 2 April 1689, the son of Richard Dobbs, army officer and future high sheriff of Antrim, and his first wife, Mary (d. before 1711), daughter of ...

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MacGregor, John (1797–1857), civil servant and free-trader, was born at Drynie, near Stornoway, the eldest son of David MacGregor and Janet Ross. He had at least two brothers. In 1803 his parents took him to Canada, where they lived in Nova Scotia before moving to ...

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Ronay, Egon Miklos (1915–2010), restaurateur and guidebook publisher, was born on 24 July 1915 in Budapest, Hungary, the only child of Miklos Ronay and his wife, Irene. (For most of his life he kept his birth year secret.) His father had inherited a 120-room hotel in ...