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Cranston, Andrew (d. 1708), creator of a public library, was born in the late 1650s in Scotland to unknown parents. He was perhaps connected to the lords Cranstoun, for the descendants of his only known brother, James, assumed the same coat of arms. There is a volume in his library inscribed to him from ...

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Snell, John (1628/9–1679), educational benefactor, was born at Pinwherry, Colmonell, Ayrshire, the only son of Andrew Snell (c.1591–1663), blacksmith, of Colmonell, and Margaret, his wife, daughter of John Carnahan. Snell had at least one sister. He attended the University of Glasgow...