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P. B. Ballard

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Adams, Sir John (1857–1934), educationist, was born at Glasgow on 2 July 1857, the third son of Charles Adams, a master blacksmith in the Trongate, Glasgow, and his wife, Barbara McCallum. After attending St David's School he became a pupil teacher at Old Wynd School (later Oatlands School)...

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Addis, Sir Charles Stewart (1861–1945), banker and government adviser, was born on 23 November 1861 in Edinburgh, the youngest of twelve children of the Revd Thomas Addis (1813–1899), a Free Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Robina, daughter of a tea merchant in ...

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Craigie Mason Aitchison, Lord Aitchison (1882–1941) by Stanley Cursiter, 1937 in the collection of the Faculty of Advocates; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Aitchison, Craigie Mason, Lord Aitchison (1882–1941), judge, was born at the manse, Erskine, Falkirk, on 26 January 1882, the second son of the Revd James Aitchison, minister of the United Presbyterian church, and his wife, Elizabeth Mason Craigie. He was educated at Falkirk high school...

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William Alexander (1826–1894) by Sir George Reid Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Alexander, William (1826–1894), novelist and journalist, was born on 12 June 1826 at the farm of Westerhouses, Rescivet, in the parish of Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. He was the eldest son of the ten children of James Alexander (1789–1856), blacksmith and tenant farmer, and his wife, ...

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A. J. Arbuthnot

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Anderson, John (1805–1855), missionary in India, was born on 23 May 1805 at Craig Farm, in the parish of Kirkpatrick-Durham, Kirkcudbrightshire, and was the eldest son among nine children. His father was blind and his upbringing a difficult one. He was educated at the parish school before going on to ...

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Thomas Annan (1829/3030–1887) self-portrait?, 1857 Annan Gallery, Glasgow

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Annan, Thomas (1829/30–1887), photographer, was apparently the fifth of the seven children of John Annan (1792–1869), a farmer, flax spinner, and corn miller, who lived in the parish of Dairsie in Fife, and his wife, Agnes Bell (1791?–1878). He left home in November 1845 to begin an apprenticeship as a lithographic writer and engraver with the ...

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Arnot, Frederick Stanley (1858–1914), missionary in Africa, was born on 12 September 1858 at his parents' home, 8 Byrnbank Terrace, Glasgow, the son of William Arnot, a merchant, and Elizabeth Helen, née Macdonald. The family moved to Hamilton in 1864, where Frederick became a playmate of ...

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Arnot, William (1808–1875), Free Church of Scotland minister, was born at Scone on 6 November 1808, the seventh and youngest child of Robert Arnot (b. 1763), a tenant farmer, and his wife, Margaret Fisher; his mother died shortly after his birth. As a boy ...

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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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Auld [née Jardine; other married name Marshall], Mary (1893–1984), local politician and women's organizer, was born on 8 July 1893 in Main Street, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, the fourth child of seven born to Francis Jardine, clog maker, and his wife, Agnes Wallace. She attended ...

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Baillie, Donald Macpherson (1887–1954), Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 5 November 1887 in the Free Church manse at Gairloch, Ross-shire, the second son of the Revd John Baillie (1829–1891), Free Church minister of Gairloch, and his wife, Annie Macpherson (...

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Baillie, John (1886–1960), theologian and Church of Scotland minister, was born on 26 March 1886 in the Free Church manse at Gairloch, Scotland, the eldest of the three sons of John Baillie (1829–1891), Free Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Annie Macpherson (1853–1932)...

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Robert Michael Ballantyne (1825–1894) by John Ballantyne, c. 1855 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ballantyne, Robert Michael (1825–1894), author, was born on 24 April 1825 at 25 Ann Street, Edinburgh, the ninth of ten children of Alexander Thomson Ballantyne (1776–1847), newspaper editor and printer, and his wife, Anne, known by her second name, Randall (c.1786–1855)...

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Helen Brodie Cowan Bannerman (1862–1946) by unknown photographer by kind permission of Mrs Anne Fisher

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Bannerman [née Watson], Helen Brodie Cowan (1862–1946), children's writer, was born on 25 February 1862 at 35 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh. She was the eldest daughter and fourth child of seven children of Robert Boog Watson (1823–1910), minister of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Bannerman, James (1807–1868), Free Church of Scotland minister and theologian, was born on 9 April 1807 in the manse of Cargill, Perthshire, the son of James Patrick Bannerman (d. 1807), minister of Cargill. He was educated at Perth Academy and, from 1822, ...