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Hume, James Deacon (1774–1842), civil servant and free-trader, was born on 28 April 1774 at Newington, Surrey, the son of James Hume, a customs official, and his wife, Elizabeth Capps. He had four sisters. Hume was educated at Westminster School and became a customs clerk in 1791. He rose steadily to reach the grade of comptroller in 1821, with a salary of ...

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John MacGregor (1797–1857) by unknown engraver, pubd 1848 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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MacGregor, John (1797–1857), civil servant and free-trader, was born at Drynie, near Stornoway, the eldest son of David MacGregor and Janet Ross. He had at least two brothers. In 1803 his parents took him to Canada, where they lived in Nova Scotia before moving to ...