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T. F. Henderson

revised by Lionel Alexander Ritchie

Barry, George (1748–1805), topographical writer, was a native of Berwickshire. Educated at Edinburgh University, he was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Edinburgh. Initially he served as a tutor to the sons of gentlemen in Orkney, by whose patronage he became minister of second charge in ...

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Bell, James (1769–1833), geographer, was born in Jedburgh, the son of Thomas Bell (1733–1802), Presbyterian minister of the Relief church. Nothing is known of his mother or any siblings. In 1777 he accompanied his father to Glasgow, where the latter was appointed minister of ...

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T. F. Henderson

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Carre, Walter Riddell- [formerly Walter Riddell] (1807–1874), topographer, the second son of Thomas Riddell of Camieston (d. 1824) and his wife, Jane (d. 1833), daughter of Captain Walter Ferrier of Somerford, was born in Edinburgh on 4 August 1807. He was descended from the family of ...

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Chisholm, George Goudie (1850–1930), geographer, was born in Edinburgh on 1 May 1850, the second child and first son of David Chisholm, actuary with the North British Insurance Company, and Anne Goudie. The family were strong United Presbyterians. After attending preparatory school, in 1860 or 1861 ...

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A. H. Millar

revised by Alexander Du Toit

Hamilton, William (1630x36–1724), historical topographer, is thought to have been born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, the third son of William Hamilton of Wishaw (d. 1636), landowner, and Beatrix, daughter of James Douglas of Morton; his grandfather John Hamilton of Udston was descended from ...

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Herbertson, Andrew John (1865–1915), geographer, was born on 11 October 1865 at Church Bank, Galashiels, Selkirkshire, the eldest of four children of Andrew Hunter Herbertson, a prosperous building contractor, and Janet Matthewson. He attended Galashiels Academy (1872–9) and the Edinburgh Institution, later Melville College...

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Johnson, Isaac (1754–1835), topographical artist and land surveyor, was born at Pettistree Lodge, near Wickham Market, Suffolk, and baptized in Pettistree church on 27 January 1754, the second of three artistic sons of John Johnson (c.1722–1780), land surveyor and farm bailiff, and ...

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Isaac Johnson (1754–1835) self-portrait private collection, Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds

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(Alexander) Keith Johnston the elder (1804–1871) by Maull & Polyblank The Royal Geographical Society, London

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Johnston, (Alexander) Keith, the elder (1804–1871), geographer and cartographer, was the fourth son of Andrew Johnston and his wife, Isabel, daughter of Archibald Keith of Newbattle. He was born on 28 December 1804 at Kirkhill, Midlothian, and was educated at the High School...

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Keltie, Sir John Scott (1840–1927), geographer, was born on 29 March 1840 in Dundee, the son of David Keltie, a builder and stonemason in Perth, and his wife, Christian, the daughter of William Scott of Crieff. The family returned to Perth shortly after ...

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Sir John Scott Keltie (1840–1927) by James Russell & Sons © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mackay, Alexander (1815–1895), geographical writer and Free Church of Scotland minister, born in Thurso on 15 November 1815, was the youngest of the eight children of Murdoch Mackay, farmer, of Latheron, Caithness. On his father's second marriage young Mackay went to Aberdeen, where he studied at ...

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G. Le G. Norgate

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Murray, Hugh (1779–1846), geographer, born at North Berwick, Haddingtonshire, Scotland, was the younger son of Matthew Murray (1735–1791), and grandson of George Murray (d. 1757). These two and Hugh's elder brother, George (1772–1822), were ministers of North Berwick. His mother was daughter of ...

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Playfair, James (1738–1819), Church of Scotland minister and writer on geography, was born on 19 December 1738, the second son of George Playfair, a farmer of West Bendochy, Perthshire, and his wife, Jean Roger, both of whom were Scottish. After studying theology at the ...

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Pont, Timothy (fl. 1574–1611), map maker and chorographer, was the second son of Robert Pont (1524–1606), minister of the Church of Scotland, and his first wife, whose name is uncertain. Later sources give it as Katherine Masterton, but this may be a confusion with ...

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Sibbald, Sir Robert (1641–1722), physician and geographer, was born on 15 April 1641 in Blackfriars Wynd off Edinburgh's High Street, the fifth child and third son of David Sibbald (1589–1660), of Rankeillour, Fife, keeper of the great seal of Scotland, and his wife, ...

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Sir Robert Sibbald (1641–1722) by John Alexander, 1721 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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Smith, Sir George Adam (1856–1942), Old Testament scholar and geographer, was born on 19 October 1856, the eldest son of Dr George Smith and Janet Colquhoun, daughter of Robert Adam of Sweethillocks, Moray, and great-niece of Alexander Adam. Smith was born in Calcutta...