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

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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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Grose, Thomas Hodge (1845–1906), classicist and university administrator, born at Redruth in Cornwall on 9 November 1845, was the fourth son of James Grose, a Wesleyan minister. An elder brother, James, went to India in 1860 in the civil service, and died a member of council at ...

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Hunter, John (1745–1837), classical scholar and university teacher, was born in the autumn of 1745 at Closeburn, Dumfriesshire, where his father is said to have been a farmer. Although left an orphan in boyhood, he received a good elementary education before entering Edinburgh University...

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Moor, Michael (1640–1726), university teacher, administrator and principal, was born in Bridge Street, Dublin, the son of Patrick Moore, a Roman Catholic merchant, and his wife, Mary Dowdall of Mountown. His initial education took place in Dublin and subsequently at the College of the Oratorians...

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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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Raper, Robert William (1842–1915), college teacher and founder of university careers service, was born at Llanwenarth, Monmouthshire, on 9 March 1842, the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel Timothy Raper (1790?–1862), of the 19th foot regiment, and his wife, Christian Mary (d. 1858), daughter of ...

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Sinker, Sir (Algernon) Paul (1905–1977), classicist and civil servant, was born on 13 April 1905 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, the only child of Robert Sinker (1868–1941), a Church of England clergyman, and his second wife, Jessie Mildred, née Barrett (1873–1908). Baptized Algernon after a benefactor in his father's parish, he was always known by his second name, ...

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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 ...

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Verrall [née Merrifield], Margaret de Gaudrion (1857–1916), classicist and parapsychologist, was born on 21 December 1857 at 4 Dorset Gardens, Brighton, the first of two daughters of Frederic Merrifield (1831–1924), barrister, and Maria Angélique de Gaudrion (1824/5–1894).

Margaret Merrifield went originally to ...