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Masson, David Mather (1822–1907), biographer, literary scholar, and editor, was born on 7 December 1822 in Aberdeen, the son of William Masson, a stonecutter, and his wife, Sarah Mather. Educated at Aberdeen grammar school (1831–5) under the tutelage of James Melvin, Masson received a bursary to study at ...


David Mather Masson (1822–1907) by Sir George Reid, 1896 Scottish National Portrait Gallery


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Thomson, Thomas Napier (1798–1869), historian and biographer, was born at Glasgow on 25 February 1798, and was the fifth son of Hugh Thomson, West India merchant, and his wife, Agnes, née Davidson. About 1812 the family moved to London, and Thomson was placed at a boarding-school near ...