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James Blair (1655/66–1743) by Charles Bridges Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary

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Blair, James (1655/6–1743), Church of England clergyman and founder of the College of William and Mary, was the son of Peter Blair (d. 1673), Church of Scotland minister of St Cuthbert's parish, Edinburgh, and his wife, Mary Hamilton (d. in or after 1696)...

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Willielma Campbell, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786) by Robert Scott, pubd 1804 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Campbell [née Maxwell], Willielma, Viscountess Glenorchy (1741–1786), evangelical activist and benefactor, was the younger daughter of prosperous parents, William Maxwell (d. 1741), medical practitioner of Kirkcudbright, and his wife, Elizabeth Hairstanes (d. c.1806) of Craig. Willielma was born on 2 September 1741 after her father's death. The only other child of the marriage was her sister, ...

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Carnegie [née Scott], Susan (1743–1821), writer and benefactor, was born on 7 August 1743 in Edinburgh, the daughter of David Scott of Benholm (1700–1768), director and treasurer of the Bank of Scotland, and Mary Brown (1712–1794). She was tutored at home and gained a wide and deep knowledge of French and Italian literature and of philosophy, a proficiency in drawing (which she was taught by a relative ...

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Cranston, Andrew (d. 1708), creator of a public library, was born in the late 1650s in Scotland to unknown parents. He was perhaps connected to the lords Cranstoun, for the descendants of his only known brother, James, assumed the same coat of arms. There is a volume in his library inscribed to him from ...

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Crichton [née Grierson], Elizabeth (1779–1862), founder of the Crichton Royal Hospital, Dumfries, was born in 1779 at Rockhall, Dumfriesshire, the fourth daughter of Sir Robert Grierson, fifth baronet (1733–1839), of Lag and Rockhall, and Margaret Dalzell. She married, on 14 November 1810, ...

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Crombie, James (1730–1790), non-subscribing Presbyterian minister and founder of the Belfast Academy, was born on 4 December 1730 at Perth, the eldest son of James Crambie, mason, and his wife, May Johnstoun. In 1748 he matriculated at St Andrews, and he graduated MA in 1752. He studied for a short time at ...

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Dick, James (bap. 1743, d. 1828), merchant and benefactor, was baptized on 6 February 1743 at Forres, Moray, the son of Alexander Dick (d. 1783), shoemaker and town councillor, and his wife, Elizabeth. The house they occupied in Forres High Street still bears their initials on the lintel. As a boy ...

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Dun [Dune, Dunne], Patrick (bap. 1581, d. 1652), college head and benefactor, was baptized on 23 July 1581 at St Nicholas Church, New Aberdeen, the son of Andrew Dun, a burgess of the city. It is likely that he attended Aberdeen grammar school...

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Elder [née Ure], Isabella (1828–1905), benefactor, was born on 15 March 1828 in Hutchesontown, Gorbals, Glasgow, the fourth and last child, and only surviving daughter, of Alexander Ure (1788–1830), writer (or solicitor), and his wife, Mary, daughter of Hector and Margaret Ross...

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Sir William Fettes, baronet (1750–1836) by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1800 by courtesy of Fettes College, Edinburgh

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Fettes, Sir William, baronet (1750–1836), benefactor of Fettes College, Edinburgh, born in Canongate, Edinburgh, on 25 June 1750, was the son of William Fettes (d. 1758), merchant there, and Margaret (d. 1782?), daughter of James Rae, surgeon. After attending classes at ...

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Grant, Sir Alexander, first baronet (1864–1937), biscuit manufacturer and benefactor, was born on 1 October 1864 in Forres, Moray, the eldest son of Peter Grant (1838–1882), a guard with Highland Railway, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of James and Elizabeth Norries. While he was a pupil at ...

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Guild, William (1586–1657), Church of Scotland minister and benefactor, was born in Aberdeen, the son of Matthew Guild, an armourer and member of the Corporation of Hammermen; he had three sisters, Jean Guild, Christian, and Margaret. An early student at Marischal College, Aberdeen...

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Hope, Lady Henrietta (c. 1750–1786), benefactor, was born in Scotland, the second daughter of John, second earl of Hopetoun (1704–1781), and his first wife, Lady Anne Ogilvy (d. 1759), the second daughter of James, earl of Findlater and Seafield. Her family consisted of eighteen brothers and sisters: nine full siblings and nine half-siblings. Recently converted, possibly through ...

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Johnston, David (1734–1824), Church of Scotland minister and benefactor, was born on 26 April 1734 at the manse, Arngask, Fife, the second son of John Johnston (d. 1746), minister of that parish, and his second wife, Margaret Brown (d. 1768), daughter of the ...

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Keith, George, fourth Earl Marischal (1549/50–1623), magnate and founder of Marischal College, Aberdeen, was the eldest son of William, master of Marischal (c.1530–1580), and his wife, Elizabeth Hay (b. c.1530), daughter of George, seventh earl of Erroll. He was educated with his younger brother ...

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Kirkwood, James (b. c. 1650, d. in or after 1709), clergyman and advocate of parochial libraries, was born in or near Dunbar. His schooling took place there, and from 1666 he studied at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in 1670. Scott's Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae...

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Little, Clement (c. 1527–1580), lawyer and benefactor, was the elder son of Clement Little (d. 1551), a prosperous Edinburgh merchant who also owned property in upper Liberton to the south of the town, and his wife, Elizabeth Fisher. The couple ran their shop, filled with cloth, articles of apparel, and similar merchandise, which lay close to the family home on the south side of ...