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Brown, James Duff (1862–1914), librarian and compiler of music reference books, was born on 6 November 1862 at 3 Reid Terrace, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, the second of seven children of James Brown of St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Margaret Douglas of ...

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Craig, James Thomson Gibson- (1799–1886), writer to the signet and book collector, was born on 12 March 1799, the second son of Sir James Gibson Craig (1765–1850), clerk of the signet, of Riccarton, Midlothian (who had in 1818 assumed the additional name and arms of ...

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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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Darling, James (1797–1862), bookseller and bibliographer, was born in Edinburgh. He was apprenticed to the Edinburgh publisher Adam Black in 1809 and became active in the Scottish Presbyterian church. On moving to London in 1818, Darling entered the theological bookselling business of Ogle, Duncan, and Cochran...

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Dickson, William Kirk (1860–1949), librarian, was born at 20 George Square, Edinburgh, on 24 November 1860, the son of William Dickson, a wholesale stationer of Mauricewood, Glencorse, Edinburgh, and his wife, Anne Kirk. He was educated at Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, and at the ...

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Ferguson, John (1838–1916), chemist and bibliographer, was born on 24 January 1838 at Alloa in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the second of three children of William Ferguson and his wife, Margaret Kidd. His father moved from Alloa at an early date, settling in Glasgow as a merchant. ...

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John Ferguson (1838–1916) by Sarony, 1880s courtesy of Glasgow University

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Fergusson, Sir James, eighth baronet (1904–1973), archivist and scholar, was born on 18 September 1904, the eldest son of Sir Charles Fergusson, seventh baronet (1865–1951), of Kilkerran, Ayrshire, and his wife, Lady Alice Mary Boyle (1877–1958), second daughter of the seventh earl of Glasgow...

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Fletcher, Andrew, of Saltoun (1653?–1716), Scottish patriot, political theorist, and book collector, was most probably born at Saltoun, in Haddingtonshire; a gap in the parish register between 1647 and 1660 leaves the precise date unknown, but 1653 is supported by a family record, and is more probable than 1655. He was the eldest son of ...

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Fraser, Sir William (1816–1898), genealogist and archivist, was born at Links of Arduthie, by Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, on 18 February 1816. Though his father, James (d. 1834), and grandfather William were stonemasons, Fraser's paternal forebears came of farming stock in Strathspey and Stratha'an...

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Irving, David (1778–1860), literary scholar and librarian, was born on 5 December 1778 in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, the youngest son of Janetus Irving, a baker, and Helen, née Little, whose family farmed at Canonbie, outside Langholm. He was educated both at the grammar school and at a small private school at ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Iain Gordon Brown

Jamieson, Thomas Hill (1843–1876), librarian, was born on 21 August 1843 at Bonnington, Forfarshire, the son of Peter Jamieson, a shoemaker, and his wife, Janet Hill, and was educated at the burgh and parochial school of Arbroath. He became a pupil teacher at ...

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Kirkwood, James (b. c. 1650, d. in or after 1709), clergyman and advocate of parochial libraries, was born in or near Dunbar. His schooling took place there, and from 1666 he studied at Edinburgh University, where he graduated MA in 1670. Scott's Fasti ecclesiae Scoticanae...

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David Laing (1793–1878) by Sir William Fettes Douglas, 1862 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Laing, David (1793–1878), antiquary and librarian, was born in North St David Street, Edinburgh, on or shortly after 20 April 1793, the second son of William Laing (1764–1832) and Helen Kirk (1767–1837). His father, by profession a publisher and bookseller specializing in secondhand, antiquarian, and foreign literature, was ultimately to have twelve children, nine of whom, four sons and five daughters, survived until adulthood. ...

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James Kennedy

revised by Murray C. T. Simpson

Laing, John (1809–1880), bibliographer, was born on 16 February 1809 at Edinburgh, but grew up at nearby Dalmeny, where his father, also John, was for many years factor to the earl of Rosebery; his mother was Mary Fyfe, of a Banffshire family. He lost the sight of one eye in his youth. After attending the high school in ...

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Nairn, James (1629–1678), Church of Scotland minister and book collector, was born in Edinburgh early in 1629, the son of James Nairn (c.1585–c.1656), a prosperous merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Tod. He entered Edinburgh University in 1646 and graduated MA in 1650. After theological study, combined with a period as librarian of ...

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Paton, George (1721–1807), antiquary and bibliographer, was born on 23 June 1721 in Edinburgh, the fifth of the eight children of John Paton (bap. 1677?, d. 1765), bookseller of Edinburgh, and Margaret (bap. 1683, d. 1771), daughter of George Mosman, printer and bookseller of ...

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George Paton (1721–1807) by John Brown National Museums of Scotland

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George Stronach

revised by Nilanjana Banerji

Small, John (1828–1886), librarian, the son of John Small (d. 1847) and his wife, Margaret Brown, was born in Edinburgh. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and the University of Edinburgh, where he graduated MA in 1847. In the same year, on the death of his father, who was sub-librarian of ...