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Brodie, William [known as Deacon Brodie] (1746–1788), local politician and thief, was probably born at Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, the eldest of eleven children of Francis Brodie (d. c.1787), a prominent and prosperous local cabinet-maker or wright, whose family had been members of the ...

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Simon Fraser, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/88–1747) by William Hogarth, pubd 1746 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fraser, Simon, eleventh Lord Lovat (1667/8–1747), Jacobite conspirator, army officer, and outlaw, was the second but first surviving son of Thomas Fraser (1631–1699), sometimes styled 'of Beaufort' (the third son of Hugh Fraser, seventh Lord Lovat), and Sybilla Macleod (...

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MacGregor [later Campbell], Robert [known as Rob Roy] (bap. 1671, d. 1734), outlaw and folk hero, was the third son of Lieutenant-Colonel Donald Glas MacGregor (d. 1702) and his wife, Margaret (d. 1691), daughter of Archibald Campbell of Gleneaves...

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James Maclaine (1724–1750) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Maclaine [Maclean], James (1724–1750), highwayman, was born in Monaghan, Ireland, youngest son of the Revd Thomas Maclaine (d. 1740), a Presbyterian minister of 'very honourable' highland Scottish descent, and Elizabeth, née Milling (d. c.1735), daughter of a reputable local family (...

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Reid, John (1725–1774), thief, was born on 22 November 1725 in the parish of Muiravonside, Stirlingshire, the son of John Reid, flesher, and Joan Dick. His parents being of 'low circumstances' (Boswell for the Defence, 357) Reid was sent, aged eight, to work for a series of local smallholders, from whom he gleaned a rudimentary education. In time he became a flesher (butcher), like his father, and with his wife, ...

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Scott, Walter, of Buccleuch, first Lord Scott of Buccleuch (1565?–1611), landowner and border reiver, claimed to have been born in 1565 although it is possible that the actual date of his birth was several years later. He was the only son of ...