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Alexander, William Picken, Baron Alexander of Potterhill (1905–1993), educationist, was born on 13 December 1905 at 27 Caledonia Street, Paisley, the younger son of Thomas Alexander, then manager of a firewood factory, later director of a sports goods manufacturer, and his wife, Joan, ...

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Blyth, Phoebe (1816–1898), educationist and philanthropist, was born at Gray Street, Newington, in Edinburgh, on 5 April 1816, the daughter of Robert Brittain Blyth, a metal merchant, and his wife, Barbara Cooper. Phoebe had a brother, the Revd Robert Blyth, who was an ardent supporter of Scottish sabbath schools. The family were active members of the ...

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Bowie, James Alexander (1888–1949), economist and educationist, was born at 42 Holburn Road, Aberdeen, on 30 November 1888, the fourth son of William Bowie, a foreman mason, and his wife, Jane Lumsden, who also had four daughters. He attended Central School, Aberdeen, as a pupil teacher and passed first in the king's scholarship for teachers in 1908. He subsequently read philosophy and economic science at ...

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Burgh, James (1714–1775), educationist and author, was born late in 1714 at Madderty, Perthshire, one of the eleven children of Andrew Brugh (c.1677–1736) and Margaret Robertson (d. 1771), daughter of William Robertson of Gladney and an aunt of the historian ...

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Carlile, James (1784–1854), minister of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and educationist, was born on 5 February 1784 at Paisley, the son of James Carlile, a merchant and magistrate; his mother died in 1800. He was educated at Paisley grammar school, and after a brief business career in ...

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Currie, Sir James (1868–1937), educationist, was born in Edinburgh on 31 May 1868, the eldest son of the Revd James Currie, principal of the Church of Scotland Training College, Edinburgh, and his wife, Jane Lyall, daughter of George Key, of St Vigeans, Forfarshire...

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Forsyth, David (1844–1934), headmaster and educationist, was born in October 1844 at Coatbridge, Glasgow, the son of David Forsyth, a master engineer, and his wife, Agnes Laidlaw. He began his teaching career at the age of thirteen as a pupil teacher in Ayrshire...

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Fraser, Alexander Garden (1873–1962), educationist and missionary, was born on 6 October 1873 at Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, the son of Sir Andrew Henderson Leith Fraser KCSI (1848–1919), of the Indian Civil Service, and his first wife, Agnes Archibald (d. 1879) of Tillicoultry; his grandfather the ...

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Fraser, Charles (bap. 1823, d. 1886), missionary and educationist, was baptized in Aberdeen on 29 July 1823, the son of Hugh Fraser, merchant, and his wife, Christina McAllan. He attended Aberdeen grammar school (1833–8) and then Marischal College, Aberdeen, from which he graduated MA in 1845. He then studied divinity at ...

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Fraser, William (1817–1879), educationist, was born at Cullen in Banffshire about the end of 1817. He was educated at the Edinkillie parish school, attended Belfast College for a term, and then proceeded to the Glasgow Normal Seminary, where he became a master and disciple of ...

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Gloag, James (bap. 1795, d. 1870), teacher of mathematics and educationist, was baptized on 5 October 1795 at Gretna, Dumfriesshire, the second of six children of Andrew Gloag (b. 1761), a cotton hand-loom weaver at Rigg in that parish, and his wife, ...

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Graham, William (1800–1886), schoolmaster and educationist, was born at Dunkeld, Perthshire, on 7 October 1800 to Alexander Graham (c.1774–1833), teacher, and his wife, Margaret Bell, apparently their only child. Alexander Graham moved to Perth to open a Latin academy, and there ...

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Grant, George Monro (1835–1902), Presbyterian minister and educationist, was born on 22 December 1835 at Albion Mines, Pictou county, Nova Scotia. He was the third child of James Grant, farmer and district schoolmaster, who had emigrated from Banffshire in 1826, and Mary Grant...

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Laurie, James Stuart (1832–1904), educationist, was born in Edinburgh on 21 September 1832, younger son of James Laurie, chaplain to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and his wife, Jean, daughter of Simon Somerville, United Presbyterian minister at Elgin. Simon Somerville Laurie (1829–1909), later professor of education at ...

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Laurie, Simon Somerville (1829–1909), educationist, was born on 13 November 1829 at Edinburgh, the eldest son of James Laurie, chaplain to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, and Jean Somerville, daughter of Simon Somerville, United Presbyterian minister at Elgin. His brothers included Thomas, a publisher in ...

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Simon Somerville Laurie (1829–1909) by George Fiddes Watt, 1904 © reserved / courtesy of the University of Edinburgh's Collections

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Macintosh, Farquhar (1923–2007), educationist and promoter of the Gaelic language, was born on 27 October 1923 at 1 Elgol, near Broadford, Skye, Inverness-shire, the eldest of eight children of John Macintosh, crofter, ghillie, and seaman, and his wife, Katie Ann, née MacKinnon, also from ...

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Mackay, Alexander (1833–1902), educationist, was born in Bonar Bridge, Sutherland, on 22 February 1833. He was son of William Mackay, tailor and clothier, of Bonar Bridge, and his wife, Elizabeth Macgregor. Educated at Bonar Bridge parochial school, Mackay passed to St Andrews University...

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Mackenzie [née Spence], Dame Helen Carruthers (1859–1945), educationist and public health campaigner, was born on 13 April 1859 at Mortlach, Banffshire, the daughter of William Spence, merchant tailor and provost of Dufftown, and his wife, Mary McDonell. She was educated at the local village school, where she became a pupil teacher, and completed teacher training at the ...

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Peterson, Sir William (1856–1921), classical scholar and educationist, the fifth son of John Peterson, a merchant of Leith, and his wife, Grace Montford, née Anderson, was born in Edinburgh on 29 May 1856. He was educated at the high school there and the ...