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Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867) by Sir John Watson-Gordon, 1839 unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alison, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1792–1867), historian and lawyer, was born on 29 December 1792 at Kenley, Shropshire, in the parsonage of his father, Archibald Alison (1757–1839), son of Patrick Alison, lord provost of Edinburgh. The elder Archibald married in 1784 Dorothea (...

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Anderson, John (1798–1839), genealogist and writer to the signet, was born on 16 August 1798, the eldest of four children of Peter Anderson (1768–1823), a solicitor in Inverness, and his wife, Jessie Thomson (c.1766–1836). Anderson was educated for seven years at the private boarding-school in ...

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Burn, Andrew Robert [Robin] (1902–1991), historian and classical scholar, was born on 25 September 1902 at the rectory, Kynnersley, Shropshire, the son of Andrew Ewbank Burn (1864–1927), rector of Halifax and dean of Salisbury, and his wife, Celia Mary (1866–1959), daughter of Edward Richardson...

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Burton, John Hill (1809–1881), historian and political economist, was born in the Gallowgate, Aberdeen, on 22 August 1809, the second of six children of William Kinninmont Burton (d. 1819), a lieutenant in the army, and of Elizabeth (d. 1848), daughter of ...

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Crawford, David (1665–1726), historian, was born at Drumsoy, Ayrshire, the only son of David Crawford and his wife, a daughter of James Crawford of Baidland (afterwards of Ardmillan). He was probably educated at the University of Glasgow, where a David Crafford matriculated in the fourth class on 31 January 1679. There is no evidence in the records of the ...

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Donaldson, Gordon (1913–1993), historian, was born at 140 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, on 13 April 1913, the third child and only surviving son of Magnus Donaldson (1877–1966), sorting clerk and telegraphist, and his wife, Rachel Hetherington Swan (1882–1973), daughter of William Swan, inspector with the ...

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Erskine, William (1773–1852), historian of India, was born in Edinburgh on 8 November 1773, the seventh child of David Erskine (d. 1791), son of John Erskine (1695–1768) and writer to the signet, and his wife Jean Melvin (d. 1780). Thomas Erskine (1788–1870)...

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Forbes, Robert (bap. 1708, d. 1775), Jacobite annalist and Scottish Episcopal bishop of Ross and Caithness, was baptized on 4 May 1708 at Rayne, Aberdeenshire, the second child and only son of Charles Forbes (d. 1715?), schoolmaster, and his wife, Marjory Wright...

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Frend, William Hugh Clifford (1916–2005), church historian, was born on 11 January 1916 at the Vicarage, Shottermill, Haslemere, Surrey, the youngest of four children, a late child and second son, of Edwin George Clifford Frend (1871–1937), a high-church Anglican vicar, and his wife, ...

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Goodall, Walter (bap. 1706, d. 1766), historian, was baptized on 20 December 1706 at Ordiquhill, Banffshire, the eldest of the six sons of John Goodall, a farmer in that parish, and his wife, Margaret Taylor, sister of James Taylor, sometime schoolmaster of Ordiquhill...

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Grub, George (1812–1892), ecclesiastical historian, born at Old Aberdeen on 4 April 1812, was the only child of George Grub, convenor of the trades at Old Aberdeen, and his wife, Christian Volum. He entered King's College, Aberdeen, at the age of thirteen and a half, and then joined the law office of ...

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Guthrie, William (1708?–1770), historian and political journalist, was born at Brechin, Forfarshire, the son of a Scottish Episcopal clergyman. He was reputedly educated at King's College, Aberdeen, though the published registers of matriculations and graduations do not contain his name. He left ...

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Henderson, Hamish Scott (1919–2002), poet, singer, and folklorist, was born James Scott Henderson on armistice day, 11 November 1919, at Ramleh, Perth Road, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, the son of Janet Jobson Henderson (d. 1933), a cook and housekeeper who had served as a nurse on the western front. His father was ...

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Keith, Robert (1681–1757), Scottish Episcopal bishop and historian, was born on 7 February 1681 at Uras, Dunnottar, Kincardineshire, the younger son and fifth child of Alexander Keith (d. 1683), a small landowner, and his wife, Marjory (c.1638–1707), daughter of Robert Arbuthnot...

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Lawson, John Parker (d. 1852), ecclesiastical historian, was also a deacon or a minister in the Scottish Episcopal church. He was for some time a chaplain in the army, but afterwards lived in Edinburgh, earning his living by writing for the booksellers. He died on 17 December 1852 at his home, ...

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Lindsay [née McLachlan], Jean Olivia (1910–1996), historian and educationist, was born on 10 December 1910 in Bangalore, India, the only child of Major-General James Douglas McLachlan (1869–1937), of the Cameron Highlanders, and his wife, Gwendolen Mabel, née White (1880–1959). She was very much a daughter of the regiment, growing up in the world of public events, and her education followed her father's distinguished military postings. She attended at least eight schools, in ...

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Agnes Mure Mackenzie (1891–1955) by Bassano, 1934 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackenzie, Agnes Mure (1891–1955), historian and novelist, was born on 9 April 1891 at 24 South Beach Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, the eldest of the three children of Murdo Mackenzie, physician and surgeon, and his wife, Sarah Agnes Drake. Following an attack of scarlet fever in childhood which severely damaged her sight and hearing, she was educated at home until the age of fourteen, thereafter attending the local secondary school, the ...

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Sir William Stirling Maxwell, ninth baronet (1818–1878) by George Richmond, c. 1856 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London