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Colville, David (c. 1581–1629), classical and oriental scholar, was the fifth and youngest son of Robert Colvill (d. 1584), the protestant laird of Cleish, Kinross-shire, and his wife, Margaret Lindsay, daughter of the laird of Dowhill. A precocious student who displayed a great talent for Greek and Hebrew, ...

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Neil, Robert Alexander (1852–1901), classical scholar and orientalist, was born on 26 December 1852 at Glengairn manse, Glengairn, near Ballater, Aberdeenshire, the second son of Robert Neil, minister of the quoad sacra parish of Glengairn, and his wife, Mary, née Reid. Both parents were from ...

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Walzer, Richard Rudolf (1900–1975), classical scholar and orientalist, was born on 14 July 1900 in Berlin, son of Max Walzer, a Jewish businessman of modest means, and his wife, Elfriede, née Mannheim. On leaving the Werner Siemens Realgymnasium in 1918, he began to study medicine and Hebrew, but very soon upon attending a series of lectures by ...