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Andrew Bell (1753–1832) by Charles Turner, pubd 1825 (after William Owen) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bell, Andrew (1753–1832), Church of England clergyman and educationist, was born on 27 March 1753 in South Street, St Andrews, the second son of baillie Alexander Bell (d. 1789) and his wife, Margaret Robertson. His father, who was talented and well-educated, figured prominently in the community; by trade a wig-maker, he was also assistant at ...

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William Dyce (1806–1864) by John Partridge, 1825 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dyce, William (1806–1864), painter and educationist, the fifth of fourteen children of William Dyce (1770–1836), a lecturer in medicine at Marischal College, was born on 19 September 1806 at 48 Marischal Street, Aberdeen. His mother was Margaret, daughter of James Chalmers of Westburn...

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James Elphinston (1721–1809) by James Caldwall (after John Graham) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elphinston, James (1721–1809), educationist and advocate of spelling reform, was born on 6 December 1721 in Edinburgh, the son of William Elphinston, an Episcopalian minister, and his wife, Rachel Honeyman (d. 1750), niece of the bishop of Orkney. He was educated at the high school and at the university in ...

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Mavor, William Fordyce [pseuds. W. F. Martyn, Numa] (1758–1837), author and educationist, was born on 1 August 1758 at New Deer, Aberdeenshire, the elder son of John Mavor (1726–1786), farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth Low (1735–1791). His family, which had numbered judges and ...

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Sir William Spens (1882–1962) by Henry Lamb, 1939 Estate of Henry Lamb; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

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Spens, Sir William [Will] (1882–1962), educationist, was born on 31 May 1882 at 7 Woodside Place, Glasgow, the eldest of the four sons of John Alexander Spens (1847–1928), writer to the signet and a leading layman in the Scottish Episcopal church, and his wife, ...