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Baddam, Benjamin (c. 1693–1740?), printer and compiler of the Memoirs of the Royal Society, was the eldest of three children of Benjamin Baddam (1670–1700/01), free of the Glaziers' Company in 1692, who married Elizabeth Palmer (1672–1701×16), daughter of John Palmer, a dyer, at ...

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Mennons, John (1747–1818), printer and journal editor, was born on 22 February 1747 in the Canongate parish of Edinburgh, son of John Mennons (1718–1793), baker, and Rebecca Galloway. John junior was apprenticed as a printer, probably with the Edinburgh Courant. He set up on his own in 1778 when he published the ...

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William Smellie (1740–1795) by John Brown, 1783 The Trustees of the National Museums of Scotland; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Smellie, William (1740–1795), printer, editor, and author, was born in the Pleasance, a suburb of old Edinburgh, the second among six children of Alexander Smellie (1699–1752), a mason and master builder. His mother's identity is unknown and his own birth date uncertain because his father followed the Cameronians, an outlawed Presbyterian sect that eschewed record keeping for fear of persecution. His religious practices estranged ...