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Macdonald, Sir George (1862–1940), classical scholar and civil servant, was born at Elgin on 30 January 1862, the third son of James Macdonald, a master at Elgin Academy and an antiquary, and his wife, Margaret Raff. He was educated at Ayr Academy, of which his father was then rector, and at ...

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Sir George Macdonald (1862–1940) by Maurice Greiffenhagen, 1929 © reserved; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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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, ...