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Cowan, Charles (1801–1889), paper manufacturer and politician, born on 7 June 1801 at 12 or 14 Charlotte Street, Edinburgh (as he said in his Reminiscences), was the eldest of the eleven children of Alexander Cowan (d. 1859), owner of paper mills at ...

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Sir John Cowan, baronet (1814–1900) by unknown engraver, pubd 1894 (after Thomas Fall) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cowan, Sir John, baronet (1814–1900), paper manufacturer and political organizer, was born at 5 St John's Street, Edinburgh, on 7 May 1814, one of the eight children to reach maturity of Alexander Cowan (d. 1859), also a paper manufacturer, of Edinburgh and ...

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Gallaher, Thomas (1840–1927), tobacco manufacturer, was born on 27 April 1840 in the townland of Templemoyle, near Eglinton, co. Londonderry, the fourth of the ten children of Thomas Gallaher (d. 1855), corn miller, and his wife, Martha. Both his parents were Irish. The younger ...

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Gillespie, James, of Spylaw (1726–1797), tobacconist and benefactor, was born in 1726, probably at Roslin, near Edinburgh. He had one sister and a younger brother. His family were members of the Cameronians, or reformed Presbyterians, a strict nonconformist sect. Gillespie began his career as a tobacconist and, in partnership with his brother, ...

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Hamilton, Gavin (1704–1767), bookseller and paper maker, was born on 11 February 1704 at Cramond, near Edinburgh, the third son and one of the sixteen children of the Revd William Hamilton (1669–1732) and Mary (bap. 1676, d. 1760), daughter of John Robertson...