Bloomsbury Circle (act. c. 1904–c. 1940), was a group of writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered in Bloomsbury and Sussex in the early decades of the twentieth century, and who exerted considerable influence in a variety of fields between the two world wars. They became publicly known as the ...
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Gillespie, James, of Spylaw (1726–1797), tobacconist and benefactor, was born in 1726, probably at Roslin, near Edinburgh. He had one sister and a younger brother. His family were members of the Cameronians, or reformed Presbyterians, a strict nonconformist sect. Gillespie began his career as a tobacconist and, in partnership with his brother, ...