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Gifford, Adam, Lord Gifford (1820–1887), judge and benefactor, eldest son of James Gifford, administrator, and his wife, Catherine Ann, née West, teacher, was born at Edinburgh on 29 February 1820. His sister Mary married the Congregationalist minister Alexander Raleigh, and was the mother of ...

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Gordon, Robert (bap. 1668, d. 1731), benefactor, the eldest son of Arthur Gordon (1625–1680), advocate, and his wife, Isobel Menzies, was baptized on 18 August 1668 in Aberdeen. Gordon was left an inheritance of around £1100 at his father's death, which he seems to have spent in travelling in ...

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Keith, Alexander (1737–1819), antiquary and benefactor, was born on 27 December 1737, the son of Alexander Keith (1705–1792), depute-clerk of session, and his wife, Johanna Swinton (d. 1792) of Swinton, Peeblesshire. The fortunes of his family evidently rose from the seventeenth century onwards; ...

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Smith, Erasmus (bap. 1611, d. 1691), merchant and educational benefactor, was the son of Sir Roger Smith (1570/71–1655) of Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, and his second wife, Anna (1585/6–1652), daughter of Thomas Goodman of London. He was baptized on 8 April 1611 at Husbands Bosworth...

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Viner, Charles (bap. 1678, d. 1756), legal writer and university benefactor, was born in Salisbury and baptized there at St Mary's Church, on 3 November 1678, the son of Charles Viner (fl. 1660–1711) and his wife, Mary. His father was a prosperous draper, and perhaps a kinsman of ...