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Brisbane, Sir Thomas Makdougall, baronet (1773–1860), colonial governor and astronomer, was born at Brisbane House, Largs, Ayrshire, on 23 July 1773, the eldest son of Thomas Brisbane (1720?–1812) and his wife, Eleanor, daughter of Sir William Bruce of Stenhouse, Stirlingshire. Their second child, ...

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Dawes, William (1762–1836), astronomer and colonial administrator, probably born at Portsmouth, was the eldest son of Benjamin Dawes, clerk of works in the Office of Ordnance in Portsmouth. He was gazetted second lieutenant of marines in September 1779, and was wounded in the ...

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James Stuart Mackenzie (1719–1800) by Thomas Bardwell, 1752 in the collection of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KT; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Mackenzie, James Stuart (1719–1800), politician and astronomer, was born on 23 February 1719, the younger son in the family of two sons and four daughters of James Stuart, second earl of Bute (1689/90–1723), royal servant, and his wife, Anne (1692–1736), daughter of Archibald Campbell (later ...

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Molyneux, Samuel (1689–1728), astronomer and politician, born at Chester on 18 July 1689, was the third but only surviving child of the experimental philosopher William Molyneux (1656–1698) and his wife, Lucy (d. 1691), the youngest daughter of Sir William Domville, attorney-general for ...

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Nichol, John Pringle (1804–1859), astronomer and political economist, was the eldest of seven children of John Nichol, a farmer from Northumberland, and Jane Forbes of Ellon, Aberdeenshire. Born on 13 January 1804 at Huntlyhill, Forfarshire, 4 miles north-east of Brechin, he was educated at ...

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Parker, George, second earl of Macclesfield (c. 1697–1764), astronomer and politician, was the only son of Thomas Parker, first earl of Macclesfield (1667–1732), and his wife and cousin Janet Carrier (c.1666–1733). He was instructed in mathematics by Abraham De Moivre and ...