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Ponton, Mungo (1802–1880), inventor of photographic processes and lawyer, the only son of John Ponton, farmer, and his wife, Isabell née Ponton, was born at Balgreen, near Edinburgh, on 23 November 1802. Educated as a lawyer, he was admitted to the Society of Writers to the Signet...

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Mungo Ponton (1802–1880) by unknown photographer, 1870s Heritage Images Partnership

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Roberts, David (1796–1864), artist, was born on 24 October 1796 at a house in Church Lane, Stockbridge, near Edinburgh, and baptized on 23 November 1796 at St Cuthbert's Church, Canongate, Edinburgh, the eldest of the five children of John Roberts (1754–1840), shoemaker, and his wife, ...

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Maker: David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson

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David Roberts (1796–1864) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1844 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shiels, William (1783–1857), artist, was born at Hounslow, in the parish of Westruther, Berwickshire, on 4 December 1783, one of twin sons of Thomas Shiels (d. 1793/4), a tenant farmer and blacksmith, and his wife, Agnes Dove (1755–1829). Shiels's mother remarried about 1794 and her new husband, ...

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Trail, Ann Agnes [name in religion Agnes Xavier] (1798–1872), Roman Catholic nun and artist, was born on 16 February 1798 at Panbride, Forfarshire, the second of eleven children of the Revd David Trail (1765–1850), minister of Panbride, presbytery of Arbroath, and his wife, ...

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Robert Walker (1755–1808) by Sir Henry Raeburn, c. 1792–4 [The Skating Minister] National Gallery of Scotland

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Walker, Robert [called the Skating Minister] (1755–1808), Church of Scotland minister and subject of a painting by Henry Raeburn, was born on 30 April 1755 at Monkton, Ayrshire, the second son of the Revd William Walker (1719–1774), minister of that parish, and ...