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Anderson, Adam (1692–1765), historian of commerce, was born in Aberdeen, and was baptized on 2 May 1692 at St Nicholas's Church, Aberdeen, the son of James Anderson and his wife, Jean, née Campbell, but nothing else is known about his origins or early life, although he did take university arts classes at ...

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Baillie, Lady Grisell (1665–1746), heroine and business woman, was born on 25 December 1665 at Redbraes Castle, Berwickshire, the eldest survivor of the eighteen children of Sir Patrick Hume (or Home) of Polwarth, later first earl of Marchmont (1641–1724), and Grisell Kerr (...

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Campbell, John (c. 1703–1777), banker and businessman, was held by contemporaries to be an illegitimate son of Colin Campbell of Ardmaddy, younger son of the first earl of Breadalbane (1634–1717). Later testimonies suggest that Colin Campbell married Grizel Douglas against the earl's wishes, and that all evidence of this legal marriage was later destroyed, and with it, the claim of ...

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Colville, Ronald John Bilsland, second Baron Clydesmuir (1917–1996), businessman and banker, was born on 21 May 1917 at 28 Park Circus, Hillhead, Glasgow, the only son and eldest of the three children of (David) John Colville, first Baron Clydesmuir (1894–1954), steel manufacturer, politician, and public servant, and his wife, ...

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Geddes, Sir Eric Campbell (1875–1937), politician and businessman, was born at Agra, India, on 26 September 1875, the second of five children of Auckland Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, of Edinburgh and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod (1850–1914), daughter of the Revd Alexander Anderson...

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Sir Eric Campbell Geddes (1875–1937) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Hay, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634) by Daniel Mytens, 1633 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hay, George, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634), politician and entrepreneur, was baptized on 4 December 1570, probably at Megginch, Perthshire, the second son of Peter Hay (d. 1596), laird of Megginch and bailie to his distant kin the earls of Erroll...

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Sir Thomas McIlwraith (1835–1900) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1900 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McIlwraith, Sir Thomas (1835–1900), entrepreneur and politician in Australia, the son of John McIlwraith, a plumber, and his wife, Janet Hamilton, the daughter of John Howat, was born at Ayr, Scotland, on 17 May 1835, and educated at Watson's school and the Wallacetown Academy...

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Roger, Sir Alexander Forbes Proctor (1878–1961), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 January 1878, at Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, the posthumous third son of James Paterson Roger (who to his family's eternal shame had committed suicide) and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of ...

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See Sinclair, Archibald Henry Macdonald, first Viscount Thurso

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Stevenson, James, Baron Stevenson (1873–1926), businessman and public servant, was born at Dundonald Road, Kilmarnock, on 2 April 1873, the elder son of Archibald Stewart Stevenson, a warehouse manager with John Walker & Sons, and Eliza, daughter of James Morison. Stevenson was educated at ...

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Tennant, Sir Iain Mark (1919–2006), television executive and businessman, was born on 11 March 1919 at Hyndford House, North Berwick, Haddingtonshire, the only child of Lieutenant-Colonel John Edward Tennant (1890–1941), army and air force officer, and his first wife, Georgina Helen, daughter of ...