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John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895) by Sir George Reid, 1893 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Blackie, John Stuart (1809–1895), classical and Scottish Gaelic scholar, was born on 28 July 1809 in Charlotte Street, Glasgow, the eldest son of Alexander Blackie (bap. 1780, d. 1856), banker, and Helen (1783–1819), daughter of William Stodart of Hamilton and his wife, ...

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Duncan, William (1717–1760), natural philosopher and classicist, elder son of William Duncan, an Aberdeen tradesman, and his wife, Euphemia Kirkwood, daughter of a wealthy farmer in Haddingtonshire, was born in Aberdeen in July 1717. He had several sisters and a younger brother, John...

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Dunlop, Alexander (1684–1747), Greek scholar and university teacher, was born in the North American colony of Carolina, the son of William Dunlop (1653/4–1700) and his wife, Sarah Carstairs, a cousin who was the sister of William Carstares (1649–1715), a leading politician in Scotland...

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Pillans, James (1778–1864), classicist and educational reformer, was born in April 1778 in Riddle's Close, Edinburgh. At the time of his birth his father had recently started his own printing business, which was to remain in the Pillans family into the twentieth century. ...

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Spens, Henry [Harry] (1714–1787), Church of Scotland minister and classicist, was born Henry Spence on 10 September 1714 in Edinburgh, the son of James Spens of Kirkton of Alves, an Edinburgh writer to the signet who is credited with a broadside against the Jacobite rising of 1715. His mother was ...