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Adam, William (1751–1839), politician and advocate, was born on 2 August 1751, the son of John Adam (1721–1792), architect, of Blair Adam, Kinross-shire, and Jean (1721–1795), daughter of John Ramsay of Woodstone, Kincardineshire; he was the nephew of the architects Robert and James Adam...

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William Adam (1751–1839) by Sir Henry Raeburn photograph by courtesy Sotheby's Picture Library, London

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Balfour, John Blair, first Baron Kinross (1837–1905), advocate and politician, born at Clackmannan on 11 July 1837, was the second son (in a family of two sons and a daughter) of Peter Balfour (1794–1862), parish minister of that place, and his wife, Jane Ramsay (...

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John Dalrymple, first earl of Stair (1648–1707) by Sir John Baptiste de Medina photograph by kind permission of The National Trust for Scotland

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Dalrymple, John, first earl of Stair (1648–1707), politician and lord advocate, was the eldest son of James Dalrymple, first Viscount Stair (1619–1695), and Margaret Ross (d. 1692), widow of Fergus Kennedy of Knockdaw, and daughter of James Ross of Balneil. Among his brothers were ...

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See Dundas, Robert, of Arniston

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Dundas, Robert, Lord Arniston (1685–1753), politician and advocate, was born on 9 December 1685, the second son of Robert Dundas, whose judicial title was also Lord Arniston (d. 1726), and his wife, Margaret, daughter of Sir Robert Sinclair of Stevenson. Following a period spent at the ...

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Sir Thomas Hope of Craighall, first baronet (1573–1646) by George Jamesone, 1627 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hope, Sir Thomas, of Craighall, first baronet (1573–1646), advocate and politician, was the son of Henry Hope, an Edinburgh merchant of French descent, and his wife, Jacqueline de Tott (or de Jott). The couple witnessed the St Bartholomew's day massacre of Huguenots in ...

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See Sellar, Patrick