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Gordon, Robert (bap. 1668, d. 1731), benefactor, the eldest son of Arthur Gordon (1625–1680), advocate, and his wife, Isobel Menzies, was baptized on 18 August 1668 in Aberdeen. Gordon was left an inheritance of around £1100 at his father's death, which he seems to have spent in travelling in ...

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Haliday, Charles (1789–1866), public health reformer and antiquary, was born at Carrick-on-Suir, co. Tipperary, the second son of William Haliday, an apothecary. In 1809 he was sent by his father to London to work as a clerk in Lubbock's Bank. He returned to ...

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Edwin Lankester (1814–1874) by Antoine Claudet, c. 1862 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lankester, Edwin (1814–1874), public health reformer and natural historian, was born on 23 April 1814 at Melton, near Woodbridge, Suffolk. His father, William Lankester (1791–1818), was a builder who died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-seven leaving his widow, Susan, née Taylor...