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Blair, Hugh (1718–1800), Church of Scotland minister and literary critic, was born in Edinburgh on 7 April 1718, the only child of John Blair, a clerk in the Excise Office, and Martha, daughter of Alexander Ogston, an Edinburgh bookseller, and his wife, Martha...

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Gordon, George Stuart (1881–1942), college head and literary scholar, was born on 1 February 1881 at County Buildings, Falkirk, the second child and eldest son of William Gordon (d. 1925), a police superintendent and later procurator fiscal, and Mary, née Napier (...

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Greenfield, William (1755–1827), Church of Scotland minister and literary critic, was born on 2 February 1755, the son of Captain John Greenfield and his wife, Grisel Cockburn, and was baptized at Dalkeith a week later. He married Janet Bervie (d. 1827) on 22 November 1782, and they had three sons and three daughters....

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David Mather Masson (1822–1907) by Sir George Reid, 1896 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Masson, David Mather (1822–1907), biographer, literary scholar, and editor, was born on 7 December 1822 in Aberdeen, the son of William Masson, a stonecutter, and his wife, Sarah Mather. Educated at Aberdeen grammar school (1831–5) under the tutelage of James Melvin, Masson received a bursary to study at ...

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Richardson, William (1743–1814), literary scholar, was born on 1 October 1743 at Aberfoyle in Perthshire, the son of James Richardson (d. 1770), the Church of Scotland parish minister, and Jean Burrell (d. 1778), who came from Northumberland. At the age of seven he witnessed in his home the rape of ...