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(John) Duncan Graham Macrae (1905–1967) by William Crosbie, c. 1938 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Macrae, (John) Duncan Graham (1905–1967), actor, was born on 20 August 1905 at 118 Kirkland Street, Maryhill, Glasgow, the fourth of the six children of James Macrae (1871–1945), a sergeant in the Glasgow police force, and his wife, Catherine Graham (1869–1938). He grew up in a strict Presbyterian background, rooted in the highland traditions of his grandparents, but in his later years religion only figured peripherally. Educated at ...

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McMillan, Roderick Macaulay [Roddy] (1923–1979), actor and playwright, was born on 23 March 1923 in the Anderston district of Glasgow, the second of the two children of Duncan McMillan (1880–1964), a foreman docker, and Rachel Macaulay (1879–1935). Roddy McMillan was born into a Gaelic-speaking family—his father came from ...

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Murray, Charles Thomas McKinnon [Chic] (1919–1985), comedian and actor, was born on 6 November 1919 at 26 Duncan Street, Greenock, the only surviving child of William Irvine Murray (1879–1933), railway goods checker, and his wife, Isabella Forrest McKinnon (1882–1958). He left school at ...

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Urquhart, Mary Sinclair [Molly] (1906–1977), actress, was born in Glasgow on 21 January 1906, the eldest of the family of three daughters and a son of William Urquhart (1875–1956), ship's engineer, and his wife, Ann McCallum (b. 1874), a Post Office clerk. Both parents had moved from the highlands to work in ...

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Weir, Mary [Molly] (1910–2004), actor, was born on 17 March 1910 at 134 Adamswell Street, Springburn, Glasgow, the eldest of the four children of Thomas Weir (1888–1916), a journeyman engine fitter, and his wife, Jeanie, née Davidson. One of her siblings was Tom Weir (1914–2006)...