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Gedde [Geddy], John (fl. 1647–1697), apiculturist, was born in St Andrews, Fife, the second son of Michael Geddy, bailie of St Andrews, and Catherine Avery. In 1649, two years into a four-year apprenticeship to William Henderson, writer to the signet, he was appointed steward clerk to the steward of ...

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Graham, (James) Angus, seventh duke of Montrose (1907–1992), farmer and politician, was born on 2 May 1907 at 19 Manchester Square, London, the elder son and eldest of the four children of James Graham, marquess of Graham, later sixth duke of Montrose (1878–1954)...

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Grant, Sir George Macpherson-, third baronet (1839–1907), cattle breeder, landowner, and politician, was born on 12 August 1839, probably at Ballindalloch, Banffshire. He was the eldest son of Sir John Macpherson-Grant (1804–1850) and his wife, Marion Helen Campbell (1810–1855). His father was the second baronet and grandson of ...

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Keith, Alexander (1895–1978), author and farmer, was born on 18 August 1895 in The Square, Kintore, Aberdeenshire, the son of Alfred George Keith, chemist, and his wife, Janet Greig, née Wishart. Janet Keith was the daughter of a local farmer and butcher, and brought up the family single-handed, running both the business and the local savings bank after her husband's early death. ...

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MacPherson, John (c. 1835–1922), crofter, was born at Glendale, Isle of Skye, the son of Alexander MacPherson and his wife, Flora MacLeod. On 9 March 1865 he married Margaret Maclean; following her death in 1876, on 19 June 1877 he married Mary Macdonald, ...

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McCombie, William (bap. 1805, d. 1880), cattle breeder, was born at Home Farm, Tillyfour, Aberdeenshire, and baptized on 3 August 1805, the younger son of Charles McCombie, a farmer and cattle dealer, who was descended from an old highland family, and his wife, ...

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McConnell, Primrose (1856–1931), farmer and writer, was born on 11 April 1856 at Lessnessock, Ochiltree, Ayrshire, the son of Archibald McConnell (1821–1898) and his wife, Agnes Milroy (1830–1897). At this time his father held the tenancy of Lessnessock Farm, Ochiltree, but in 1862 he took the tenancy of ...

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McIntosh, Lachlan (1727–1806), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 5 March 1727 at Badenoch, Inverness-shire, the son of John Mohr McIntosh (c.1700–1761), and his wife, Marjorie Fraser. In 1735 Lachlan accompanied his parents and over a hundred Scots of clan ...

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Mylne, James (1738/9–1788), poet and tenant farmer, was the son of George Mylne (d. 1744), farmer, of Barns, Haddingtonshire. A precocious poet, Mylne seems to have inked a small collection of juvenile verse while attending the grammar school of Dalkeith. Many of these early odes, epistles, fables, and songs touch on the sensitive nerve of class. The favourite target of his sense of position when young was ...

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Nelson, Sir Hugh Muir (1833–1906), politician and pastoralist in Australia, was born at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, on 31 December 1833, the son of William Lambie Nelson LLD (d. 1887), a Presbyterian minister and sheep farmer, and his wife, Agnes, née Muir. He was educated at ...

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Pickens, Andrew (1739–1817), planter and revolutionary army officer in America, was born on 19 September 1739 in Paxton township, Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. The third of six children of Andrew Pickens (c.1699–1757), farmer, and Anne Davis (d. c.1762), Andrew was of Scots-Irish and French Huguenot descent. In the early 1740s the family moved to ...

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Thuku, Harry (1895–1970), Kenyan nationalist politician and farmer, was born near Kambui, Kiambu district, Kenya, to Wanjiku (d. 1934), the fourth wife of Kairianja (d. 1899), an elder of the powerful Gathirimu clan of southern Kikuyu. In the same year Britain...

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Wight, Andrew (bap. 1719, d. 1792), farmer and writer on agriculture, was baptized at Ormiston, near Haddington, on 7 January 1719, which was possibly also the day of his birth. He was the son of Alexander Wight (d. 1751) and Kathrin Simpson...