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Bell, Henry Glassford (1803–1874), writer and sheriff, was born in Glasgow on 8 November 1803, the eldest son of James Bell (d. 1826), advocate, and his wife Janet (1780–1855), daughter of the Revd James Hamilton of Cathcart. Jonathan Anderson Bell, the architect, was his brother and ...

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Duncan, Andrew (1773–1832), physician and expert in forensic science, was born in Edinburgh on 10 August 1773, the eldest of the twelve children born to Andrew Duncan (1744–1828), professor of the institutes of medicine, and his wife, Mary Knox. He was the only child to follow his father into the medical profession, and shared many interests with him; the elder ...

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Henry Faulds (1843–1930) by unknown photographer, pubd 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Hay, Matthew (1855–1932), physician and expert in forensic medicine and public health, was born at Hill Head, Denny, Stirlingshire, on 27 December 1855, the son of Matthew Hay, colliery owner, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Stirling). An outstanding scholar, educated at Dollar Academy...

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Sir John Charles Hermon (1928–2008) by Bobbie Hanvey, 1989 Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives, John J. Burns Library, Boston College

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Hermon, Sir John Charles (1928–2008), police officer, was born at 28 Ardenvohr Street, in the Willowfield area of Belfast, on 23 November 1928, the son of William Rowan Hermon, slater, and his wife, Agnes, née Brown, both Presbyterians. His formative years were spent in the rural townland of ...

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Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn (1826–1914) by Sir George Reid Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Littlejohn, Sir Henry Duncan (1826–1914), medical officer of health and expert in forensic medicine, was born on 8 May 1826 at the family home, 33 Leith Street, Edinburgh, the seventh of the nine children of Thomas Littlejohn, master baker and a burgess of ...

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Maclagan, Sir Andrew Douglas (1812–1900), physician and expert in forensic medicine and public health, born on 17 April 1812 in Ayr, was the eldest of seven sons of David Maclagan and his wife, Jane, daughter of Philip Whiteside, a medical practitioner of Ayr...

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Monro, James (1838–1920), police officer, was born in Edinburgh on 25 November 1838, the son of George Munro, solicitor before the supreme courts, and his wife, Margaret, née Anderson. After education at Edinburgh high school, Edinburgh University, and Berlin University, he was successful in the examination for the ...

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Ogston, Francis (bap. 1803, d. 1887), expert in forensic medicine, baptized in Aberdeen on 23 July 1803, was the third son of Alexander Ogston, the founder of a large soap factory in Aberdeen, and his wife, Helen Milne. He was educated at the grammar school and at ...

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Rainy, Harry (1792–1876), expert in forensic medicine, was born at Creich, Sutherland, on 20 October 1792, the youngest son of the Revd George Rainy (1733/4–1810), minister of Creich, and his wife, Anne (1750–1833), daughter of the Revd Gilbert Robertson of Kincardine. His elder brother was the merchant and slave owner, ...

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Shaw, Christian (b. c. 1685, d. in or after 1737), witch accuser and thread manufacturer, was the daughter of the laird of Bargarran, Renfrewshire, whose first name is unrecorded. According to a contemporary account (A True Narrative), when she was eleven years old she began to experience alarming symptoms, not only suffering mysterious fits, during which her body became as stiff as a board, her belly swelled, and her eyes rolled back into her head, but also vomiting balls of hair, pins, and hot embers. She had hallucinations too. The devil himself reportedly appeared before her and to the amazement of all beholders she engaged in complicated theological arguments with him, citing biblical texts with surprising accuracy. She also had lengthy discussions with a series of invisible tormentors whom she described as witches. They nipped and bit her, she said, pointing to the marks they had left. Questioned as to their identity, she named various local men and women, and this was to have catastrophic consequences....

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Speirs, (Robert Cunningham) Graham (1797–1847), Sheriff of Midlothian, was born on 15 June 1797, and baptized at Fintry, Stirlingshire, on 11 July 1797, the second son of Peter Speirs (1761–1829) of Culcreuch and his wife Martha Harriett, née Graham...