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John Finlaison (1783–1860) by unknown photographer © reserved


Finlaison, John (1783–1860), civil servant and government actuary, was born on 27 August 1783 at Thurso, Caithness, the eldest son of Donald Finlayson (1761–1790), fisherman, who had six children, and his wife, Isobel Guthrie, née Sutherland (b. 1761). His parents were both Scottish. As a youth ...


Watson, Sir Alfred William (1870–1936), actuary and civil servant, was born at 11 James Street, Bristol, on 11 March 1870, son of Alfred Reuben Watson (b. 1845), violinist and composer, who became musical director of the Theatre Royal, Nottingham, and his wife, ...