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Darling, James (1797–1862), bookseller and bibliographer, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to the Edinburgh publisher Adam Black in 1809 and became active in the Scottish Presbyterian church. On moving to London in 1818, Darling entered the theological bookselling business of Ogle, Duncan, and Cochran...

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John Ferguson (1838–1916) by Sarony, 1880s courtesy of Glasgow University

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Ferguson, John (1838–1916), chemist and bibliographer, was born on 24 January 1838 at Alloa in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the second of three children of William Ferguson and his wife, Margaret Kidd. His father moved from Alloa at an early date, settling in Glasgow as a merchant. ...

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William Herbert (1718–1795) by William Say, pubd 1809 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Herbert, William (1718–1795), bibliographer and printseller, was born on 29 November 1718, the second of five children of Thomas Herbert (c.1691–1721), a dyer and hosier of Gravel Lane, Southwark, and his wife, Sarah (d. 1748). His parents were Londoners and Presbyterians. What is known of his first thirty years derives from ...

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Laing, John (1809–1880), bibliographer, was born on 16 February 1809 at Edinburgh, but grew up at nearby Dalmeny, where his father, also John, was for many years factor to the earl of Rosebery; his mother was Mary Fyfe, of a Banffshire family. He lost the sight of one eye in his youth. After attending the high school in ...

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Maltby, William (1763–1854), bibliographer and librarian, is said to have been born in London on 17 January 1763 (DNB), though his baptism was not recorded until 13 February 1765 at the Old Jewry Presbyterian Church. He was the youngest of ten children of ...

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George Paton (1721–1807) by John Brown National Museums of Scotland

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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 ...