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Drennan, William (1754–1820), physician, poet, and political reformer, was born in Belfast on 23 May 1754, the child of the Revd Thomas Drennan (1696–1768) and his wife, Anne, née Lennox (1719–1806). Of Thomas Drennan, the minister of Belfast's First Presbyterian Congregation...

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Fletcher, Archibald (1746–1828), advocate and political reformer, was born at Pooble in Glenlyon, Perthshire, the first of the six children of Angus Fletcher, a tacksman, and his second wife, Grace M'Naughton. He was educated at the grammar school of Kenmore, Breadalbane, and the high school of ...

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MacPherson, Hector Carsewell (1851–1924), journalist and political campaigner, was born in Glasgow on 16 October 1851, the son of Archibald MacPherson (1830–1900), who worked in a warehouse in the city and later became a newspaper advertising manager, and his wife, Margaret, née Ferguson (1833/4–1852)...

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McAdam, John (1806–1883), reformer and campaigner for Italian unity, was born on 5 August 1806 at Port Dundas, Glasgow, the second son of James (or Thomas) McAdam (d. c.1821), carter, and his wife, Helen Baxter, both originally from rural Stirlingshire. His education, partly in an overcrowded school in ...

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Thomas Muir (1765–1799) by David Martin Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Muir, Thomas (1765–1799), political reformer, was born in Glasgow on 24 August 1765. He was the only son of James Muir (c.1730–1803), a flourishing hop merchant and grocer, and Margaret Smith (c.1740–1803), who later bought a small landed property at ...

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Mylne, James (1757–1839), philosopher and political reformer, was born on 3 September 1757, probably at the manse at Kinnaird in Gowrie, Perthshire, the seventh of nine children of the Revd James Mylne (d. 1783), Church of Scotland minister of that parish, and ...

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Skirving, William (d. 1796), political reformer, was the son of William Skirving, 'a respectable farmer' (Mackenzie, 3) interested in agricultural improvements, who lived at Liberton, near Edinburgh. After a period of study at the University of Edinburgh, Skirving began to train for the ministry at the ...