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Christie, James (1730–1803), auctioneer, was born in Perth, Scotland. Little is known of his background, except that his mother was a MacDonald; his father, an Englishman of good family. He entered the navy, but resigned his commission as a midshipman about 1750 in order to marry....

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Wilson, Peter Cecil (1913–1984), fine art auctioneer, was born on 8 March 1913 in London, the third and youngest son (there were no daughters) of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Mathew Richard Henry (‘Scatters’) Wilson, fourth baronet (1875–1958), of Eshton Hall, Gargrave, Yorkshire, and his wife, the ...