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Balfour, Sir James, of Denmiln and Kinnaird, first baronet (1603/4–1657), antiquary and herald, was probably born at Denmiln, Fife, the son of Sir Michael Balfour of Denmiln (c.1580–1652), later MP for Fife and comptroller of the household to Charles I, and his wife, ...

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Chalmers, George (bap. 1742, d. 1825), antiquary and political writer, was born in Fochabers, Moray, and baptized there on 26 December 1742, the son of James Chalmers, postmaster at Fochabers, and his wife, Isabella Ruddock. He attended the parish school of Bellie and later appears to have studied at ...

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Crosbie, Andrew (1736–1785), lawyer and antiquary, was probably born at Soutergate, Dumfries. He was the surviving son (the elder died young) of Andrew Crosbie (d. 1762), provost of Dumfries (like his father, John), and Jean, daughter of James Grierson of Barjary...

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Dalyell, Sir John Graham, sixth baronet (1775–1851), antiquary and naturalist, the second son of Sir Robert Dalyell, fourth baronet (1724–1791), an army officer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1825), the only daughter of Nicol Graham of Gartmore, Perthshire, was born at The Binns, Linlithgowshire...

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Fleming, David Hay (1849–1931), antiquary and writer on Scottish history, was born at St Andrews on 9 May 1849, the third and youngest son of John Fleming, china and stoneware merchant, of St Andrews, whose ancestors were from Deeside, and his wife, Ann...

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Gough, Richard (1735–1809), antiquary, was born on 21 October 1735 in Winchester Street, London, the only son and heir of Harry Gough (1681–1751), merchant and MP, of Perry Hall, Staffordshire, and Elizabeth (d. 1774), daughter of Morgan Hynde, a wealthy London brewer. He had three sisters, ...

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Kirkpatrick, John (bap. 1687, d. 1728), antiquary and draughtsman, was baptized on 7 March 1687 at Haveringland, Norfolk, the eldest of seven children of Thomas Kirkpatrick (d. 1710?), probably a grazier, and his wife, Anne Sendall (d. 1742). His father was from ...

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Laing, David (1793–1878), antiquary and librarian, was born in North St David Street, Edinburgh, on or shortly after 20 April 1793, the second son of William Laing (1764–1832) and Helen Kirk (1767–1837). His father, by profession a publisher and bookseller specializing in secondhand, antiquarian, and foreign literature, was ultimately to have twelve children, nine of whom, four sons and five daughters, survived until adulthood. ...

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Paton, George (1721–1807), antiquary and bibliographer, was born on 23 June 1721 in Edinburgh, the fifth of the eight children of John Paton (bap. 1677?, d. 1765), bookseller of Edinburgh, and Margaret (bap. 1683, d. 1771), daughter of George Mosman, printer and bookseller of ...

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Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald (1811–1863), archivist and antiquary, was born on 6 February 1811 in St James's Square, Edinburgh, the only child of Walter Turnbull (d. 1819), armiger, from Hanover in Jamaica and later of Leven Lodge, near Edinburgh, and Torryburn, Fife...