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Balfour, Sir Andrew, first baronet (1630–1694), botanist and antiquary, was born at Balfour Castle, Denmiln, Fife, on 18 January 1630, the fifth and youngest son in the large family of Sir Michael Balfour and his wife, Jane or Joanna (d. 1640), daughter of ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Callander, John (b. in or after 1721, d. 1789), antiquary, was the son of James Callander (d. 1725), advocate, of Craigforth, Stirlingshire, and Catherine Mackenzie, who married on 21 September 1721. His father was descended from James VI's master smith in Scotland...

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George Chalmers (bap. 1742, d. 1825) by Henry Edridge, 1809 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chalmers, George (bap. 1742, d. 1825), antiquary and political writer, was born in Fochabers, Moray, and baptized there on 26 December 1742, the son of James Chalmers, postmaster at Fochabers, and his wife, Isabella Ruddock. He attended the parish school of Bellie and later appears to have studied at ...

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Clerk, Sir John, of Penicuik, second baronet (1676–1755), politician and antiquary, was born at Edinburgh on 8 February 1676, the second child and eldest son of Sir John Clerk of Penicuik, first baronet (1649/50–1722), landowner and coal owner, and his first wife, Elizabeth Hendersone...

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Dalrymple, Sir James, of Borthwick, first baronet (1650–1719), antiquary, was the second son of Sir James Dalrymple, baronet, of Stair, later first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), the celebrated jurist, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1692), daughter of James Ross of Balniel and widow of ...

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Sir John Graham Dalyell, sixth baronet (1775–1851) by Sir John Watson-Gordon photograph by kind permission of The National Trust for Scotland

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Dalyell, Sir John Graham, sixth baronet (1775–1851), antiquary and naturalist, the second son of Sir Robert Dalyell, fourth baronet (1724–1791), an army officer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1825), the only daughter of Nicol Graham of Gartmore, Perthshire, was born at The Binns, Linlithgowshire...

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Davidson, John (c. 1724–1797), antiquary and lawyer, was the son of James Davidson of Haltree, an Edinburgh bookseller, and Elizabeth, sister of William Brown, Church of Scotland minister, also of Edinburgh. He was educated for the law, being apprenticed to George Balfour, writer to the ...

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Douglas, Sir William Fettes (1822–1891), painter, antiquary, and curator, was born in the parish of St Cuthbert, Edinburgh, on 29 March 1822, eldest son of Douglas James Douglas, accountant with the Commercial Bank of Scotland, and Martha Brook, great-niece of Sir William Fettes, bt...

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Jameson [Jamieson], John Paul (1659–1700), Roman Catholic priest and antiquary, was born in Aberdeen, the son of John Jameson, trader, and his wife, Joanna Blackburn (d. 1680). The family was of some note, as in 1684 their daughter Jane married the city provost's son. Having been converted to Catholicism, ...

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Kinloch, George Ritchie (1797/8–1877), lawyer and antiquary, was born probably in Jamaica, one of at least seven children of George Kinloch (1741–1802), deputy judge advocate and master in chancery in Jamaica, and his wife, Susannah, née Wigglesworth (1759–1841), of Edinburgh. Named after his father and in memory of a dead elder brother, ...

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David Laing (1793–1878) by Sir William Fettes Douglas, 1862 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Laing, David (1793–1878), antiquary and librarian, was born in North St David Street, Edinburgh, on or shortly after 20 April 1793, the second son of William Laing (1764–1832) and Helen Kirk (1767–1837). His father, by profession a publisher and bookseller specializing in secondhand, antiquarian, and foreign literature, was ultimately to have twelve children, nine of whom, four sons and five daughters, survived until adulthood. ...

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Lawrie, Sir Archibald Campbell (1837–1914), lawyer and antiquary, was born on 8 September 1837 in West Nile Street, Glasgow, the eldest son of John Adair Lawrie (1801–1859), surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Glasgow, and his wife, Janet Finlay, of ...

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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 ...

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Macpherson, John (1713–1765), Church of Scotland minister and antiquary, was born on 1 December 1713 at Suardal (Swordale) in Strath on the Isle of Skye, one of three children of Martin Macpherson (1672–1713), minister of Strath, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Lachlan Mackinnon...

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Mitchell, Sir Arthur (1826–1909), commissioner in lunacy for Scotland and antiquary, born at Elgin, Moray, on 19 January 1826, was the son of George Mitchell, CE, and his wife, Elizabeth Cant. He was educated at Elgin Academy and graduated MA at Aberdeen University...

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Murray, David (1842–1928), lawyer and antiquary, was born at Glasgow on 15 April 1842, the eldest son of David Murray, a writer to the signet in Glasgow, and Ann Hunter Guthrie. He attended Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, and the University of Glasgow...

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Mylne, Robert (1643?–1747), antiquary, was born in Edinburgh, probably late in December 1643. On 29 August 1678 he married Barbara (1653–1725), second daughter of the Revd John Govean of Muckhart, Perthshire. The Mylnes had twelve children, of whom six died in infancy, with only one, ...