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Napier, William John, ninth Lord Napier of Merchistoun (1786–1834), naval officer and trade envoy, the eldest son of Francis Napier, eighth Lord Napier of Merchistoun (1758–1823), and his wife, Maria Margaret, née Clavering (1756?–1821), was born at Kinsale in Ireland on 13 October 1786. He entered the ...

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Oswald, Richard (1705?–1784), merchant and diplomat, was born, probably in 1705, in Dunnet, Caithness, Scotland, the second of the four children of George Oswald (1664–1726), the Presbyterian minister of Dunnet, and his wife, Margaret (d. 1747), of Pennyland, Caithness, the daughter of ...

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Whitefoord, Caleb (1734–1810), wine merchant and diplomatist, was born in Edinburgh, the natural son of Charles Whitefoord (d. 1753), an army officer descended from a titled Ayrshire family. He was educated at John Mundell's school in Edinburgh, showing great skill in classics, and at ...