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Sir Archibald Alison, second baronet (1826–1907) by Maclure & Macdonald, pubd 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alison, Sir Archibald, second baronet (1826–1907), army officer, was born at Edinburgh on 21 January 1826, the eldest son of Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867), historian, and his wife, Elizabeth Glencairn (1799–1873), youngest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel William Tytler. In 1835 Possil House...

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See Baxter, William Alexander

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Buchan [née Simpson], Elspeth (c. 1738–1791), founder of the Buchanites, was born in Banffshire, the daughter of John Simpson and Margaret Gordon (d. c.1741), who kept an inn at Fitmy-Can, halfway between Banff and Portsoy, Banffshire. Her mother died when she was three years old, after which her father remarried and sent her into service. She was later employed by a distant female relative who taught her to read and write, but they separated in ...

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Campbell F. Lloyd

Burns, John (1774–1850), surgeon, born in Glasgow, was the eldest of the sons of John Burns (1744–1839), minister of the Church of Scotland's Barony parish in Glasgow, and his wife, Elizabeth Stevenson, and was grandson of John Burns, the author of Burns's English Grammar...

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Sir Ewen Cameron of Lochiel (1629–1719) by unknown artist Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Cameron, Sir Ewen, of Lochiel (1629–1719), clan chief, was born at his maternal grandfather's seat, Kilchurn Castle, in February 1629, the son of John McAllan Cameron and Margaret, eldest daughter of Sir Robert Campbell of Glenfalloch (afterwards of Glenorchy). Immediately recognizable to many, owing to the production of the Jacobite ...

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Robert Chambers (1802–1871) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Chambers, Robert (1802–1871), publisher and writer, was born on 10 July 1802 at Peebles, the second child and son of six children born to James Chambers (1778–1824), cotton manufacturer and merchant, and Jean Gibson (c.1781–1843).

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Cockburn, Patrick (1678–1749), Scottish Episcopal clergyman, was the eldest son of John Cockburn (1652–1729), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife Anna (d. 1695), daughter of Alexander Garden, a leading cleric of the diocese of Aberdeen. Patrick was born at Udny, Aberdeenshire...

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J. C. Hadden

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Cousin [née Cundell], Anne Ross (1824–1906), poet and hymn writer, only child of David Ross Cundell, an assistant surgeon of the 33rd regiment at Waterloo, and his wife, Ann, was born in Hull on 27 April 1824. Her family moved soon after to ...

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Sir William Gordon Gordon- Cumming, fourth baronet (1848–1930) by R. T. & co., pubd 1891 The Illustrated London News Picture Library

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Cumming, Sir William Gordon Gordon-, fourth baronet (1848–1930), disgraced socialite, was born on 20 July 1848 at Sanquhar House, near Forres, Moray, the eldest son and second of four children of Alexander Penrose Gordon-Cumming (1816–1866), later third baronet, of Altyre and Gordonstoun, landowner and army officer, and his wife, ...

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Douglas, Francis (bap. 1719, d. c. 1790), writer, was baptized on 6 February 1719 in the parish of Logie Coldstone, near Aberdeen, the third son of Robert Douglas of Blackmiln. He was apprenticed to a baker in Aberdeen and after the completion of his training in the late 1730s he went to ...

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Dowden, John (1840–1910), Scottish Episcopal bishop of Edinburgh and scholar, was born on 29 June 1840 at Cork, the fifth of the five surviving children of John Wheeler Dowden (1799–1891), linen draper, and his wife, Alicia Bennett (d. 1869), daughter of John Barter Bennett...

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Fairbairn, (William) Ronald Dodds (1889–1964), psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, was born on 11 August 1889 at the Red House, Cluny Gardens, Edinburgh, the only child of Thomas Fairbairn (1854–1925), chartered surveyor and secretary of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, and Cecilia Leefe (1854–1946). Ronald Fairbairn...

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Elizabeth Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864) by unknown artist in the collection of the National Trust for Scotland

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Gordon [née Brodie], Elizabeth, duchess of Gordon (1794–1864), evangelical patron, was born in London on 20 June 1794. Her father, Alexander Brodie (1748–1818) of Arnhall, Kincardineshire, a wealthy India merchant and MP, was a younger son of James Brodie of Brodie, in the north of ...

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Greig, Gavin (1856–1914), folksong collector and teacher, was born on 10 February 1856 in the North Lodge, Parkhill estate, near Dyce in Aberdeenshire, the fourth of five children of Gavin Greig (1822–1881), forester and land steward, and his wife, Mary (1815–1893), daughter of ...

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James Cooper

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Grub, George (1812–1892), ecclesiastical historian, born at Old Aberdeen on 4 April 1812, was the only child of George Grub, convenor of the trades at Old Aberdeen, and his wife, Christian Volum. He entered King's College, Aberdeen, at the age of thirteen and a half, and then joined the law office of ...