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Hamilton, Gavin (1723–1798), painter, archaeologist, and dealer, was born at Murdieston House in the parish of Bertram Shotts, Lanarkshire, second son of Alexander Hamilton (d. 1768) of Murdieston, laird of Inverdovat (now Tayfield), Fife, who had inherited Murdieston from his great-uncle Alexander Inglis...


Keiller, Alexander (1889–1955), archaeologist, was born at Binrock House, Dundee, on 1 December 1889, the only child of John Mitchell Keiller (1851–1899), master grocer and JP, and his wife, Mary Sime Greig (1862–1907), of the esteemed Dundee medical family. His parents were both Scottish, with his family heritage firmly rooted in ...


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Maclagan, Christian (1811–1901), archaeologist, was born at Underwood, near Denny, Stirlingshire, the daughter of George Maclagan (d. 1818), distiller and chemist of good education, and his wife, Christian, daughter of Thomas Colville, printer, of Dundee. Her great-great-grandfather Alexander Maclagan (1653–1722) was parish minister of ...


Ramsay, Sir William Mitchell (1851–1939), classical scholar and archaeologist, was born in Glasgow on 15 March 1851, the youngest son of Thomas Ramsay and his wife, Jane, daughter of William Mitchell, both of Alloa. Ramsay came from a family of lawyers, his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather having all been advocates, his grandfather also procurator fiscal of ...


Sir William Mitchell Ramsay (1851–1939) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London