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Arthur, James (1819–1885), clothing retailer and manufacturer, was born on 6 March 1819 in Arthurlie, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, one of the two sons of Matthew Arthur (b. 1795), a bleachworks proprietor near Neilston, Renfrewshire, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Fraser. In 1837, after serving a brief apprenticeship in a draper's shop in ...

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Balfour, John (1715–1795), bookseller and printer, was born in South Leith, Edinburghshire, on 1 December 1715, the ninth among the sixteen children of the manufacturer and shipbuilder James Balfour (1681–1737) and Louisa Hamilton (1686–1750). When he was three the family moved to the ...

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Bassandyne [Bassendyne], Thomas (d. 1577), printer and bookseller, was a native of Scotland, although his place of birth, parents, and details of his early life and education are unknown. He is believed to have learned the art of printing abroad, possibly at Paris...

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Bell, Arthur (1825–1900), wine and spirit merchant, was born on 30 November 1825 at Surrey Square, London, the seventh of fifteen children of Robert Fitzroy Bell, a general agent, and his first wife, Hannah Bruce.

Nothing is known about Bell's upbringing but by the late 1840s he was employed as a traveller by ...

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Bell, John (1735–1806), bookseller, was born on 24 November 1735, the middle child of the Revd John Bell (d. 1767), minister of the parish of Gordon in Berwickshire, whose father, Robert, and grandfather John were also Church of Scotland ministers, and Elizabeth Ewing (...

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Blackrie, Alexander (bap. 1702, d. 1772), surgeon-apothecary, was baptized on 14 June 1702 at the church of St Nicholas, Aberdeen, the seventh of the eleven children of William Blackrie and his wife, Isobel, née Fordyce. A merchant's son, he was educated at the grammar school and ...

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Blow [Blaw], James (1676–1759), printer and bookseller, was born on 29 July 1676, the youngest of nine children of John Blaw (d. 1709) of Culross, Perthshire, Scotland, and his first wife, Elizabeth Wilson. The Blaw family had owned Castlehill estate in Culross parish...

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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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Bruce, William (1702–1755), bookseller, was born on 6 September 1702 at Killyleagh, co. Down, the youngest son in the ten children of James Bruce (1660/61–1730), Presbyterian minister of Killyleagh, and his wife, Margaret Traill (d. 1706). His two elder brothers, Michael Bruce...

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Bryce, John (bap. 1717, d. 1787), printer and bookseller, was baptized in Glasgow on 10 March 1717, the younger son of Patrick Bryce, hammerman, and Janet Watson. Nothing more is known of his background or early life. His name first appears in a ...

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Thomas Cadell the elder (1742–1802) by Henry Hoppner Meyer (after W. Evans, after Sir William Beechey) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cadell, Thomas, the elder (1742–1802), bookseller, was born in Bristol and baptized on 12 November 1742, the son of William Cadell and his wife, Mary. On 7 March 1758 he was apprenticed by his father to the eminent London bookseller and publisher Andrew Millar...

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Campbell [married names Anderson, Telfer], Agnes (1637–1716), printer and book merchant, was born in Edinburgh in August 1637 and baptized there on 1 September 1637, the third daughter of James Campbell, a merchant of Edinburgh, formerly from Cumnock in Ayrshire, and ...

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Chandler, John (1699/1700–1780), apothecary, was born at Bath, the grandson of a tradesman in Taunton and the younger son—there was at least one daughter, the poet Mary Chandler (1687–1745)—of Henry Chandler (d. 1717), a dissenting minister, and his wife, formerly Miss Bridgman...

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Charteris, Henry (d. 1599), printer and bookseller, was descended from the house of Charteris of Kinfauns, Perthshire, but no further details of birth or parents are known. The precise extent of his involvement in late sixteenth-century publications of Scottish vernacular and neo-Latin writing has yet to be fully established, but he was certainly involved in the publication of over forty books, some twenty of which he actually printed. He patronized printers such as ...

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See Cranston [married name Cochrane], Catherine [Kate]

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Creech, William [pseud. Theophrastus] (1745–1815), bookseller and magistrate, was born in Newbattle, Edinburghshire, on 12 May 1745, the son of the Revd William Creech (1705–1745), minister of Newbattle, and his wife, the Calvinist Mary Buley (d. 1764) of the English family of ...

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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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Donaldson, Alexander (bap. 1727, d. 1794), bookseller and printer, was baptized in Edinburgh on 24 November 1727, the second son of James Donaldson (1694–1754), a wealthy linen manufacturer who served as the town's treasurer in 1726–7, and Elizabeth Weir (d. 1768). His grandfather ...

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Drummond, Peter Robert (1802–1879), bookseller and agriculturist, was born at Madderty, Perthshire, the son of John Drummond, a small farmer, and his wife, Jean Gow. He was educated in Madderty, and in early life worked as a carpenter. He attained skill as a maker of picture frames, which brought him into the society of picture dealers and allowed him to gain some knowledge of art....