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Fenton, Alexander [Sandy] (1929–2012), ethnologist and linguist, was born on 26 June 1929 at 15 Milford Avenue, Shotts, Lanarkshire, the eldest child in the family of three sons and a daughter of Alexander Fenton, crofter and shoemaker, and his wife, Annie Stirling, née...

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G. C. Boase

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Macdonald, William Bell (1807–1862), linguist, was born in Glasgow on 24 December 1807, the eldest son of Donald Macdonald, merchant, and his wife, Mary, daughter of William Bell of Rammerscales, near Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire. He was educated at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated BA in 1827. After studying medicine he served as surgeon in ...

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Robert Moffat (1795–1883) by George Baxter, c. 1842 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Moffat, Robert (1795–1883), missionary in Africa and linguist, was born on 21 December 1795 in Ormiston, East Lothian, near Haddington, Scotland, the third of seven children of Robert Moffat (1768–1847), and his wife, Ann, née Gardiner (1767–1854). A pioneer of protestant missionary activity among the ...

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Alexander Murray (1775–1813) by Andrew Geddes, 1812 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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T. W. Bayne

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Murray, Alexander (1775–1813), linguist, was born on 22 October 1775 at the farm of Dunkitterick, Kirkcudbrightshire, son of Robert Murray (1706–1797), a shepherd, and his second wife, Mary Cochrane (b. 1739). In the autumn of 1781 Robert, somewhat reluctantly, taught his precocious son the alphabet, and later ...