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G. C. Boase

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Bremner, James (1784–1856), civil engineer and shipbuilder, was born at Keiss, in the parish of Wick, Caithness, on 25 September 1784, the youngest of nine children of James and Janet Bremner. He resembled his soldier father in his robust physique and in his fearless character, which emerged early in life. He received a limited education before, in 1798, being apprenticed to the ...

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Dalrymple, James (1859–1934), tramway manager, was born on 15 September 1859 at 3 Gaskill Street, Charlton upon Medlock, Lancashire, the son of James Dalrymple, a draper, and his wife, Margaret, née Adams. His family was Scottish and in 1864 moved to Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire...

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Denny, Sir Archibald, first baronet (1860–1936), shipbuilder and engineer, was born at Dumbarton on 7 February 1860. He was the fourth son of Peter Denny (1821–1895), of Helenslee, Dumbarton, shipbuilder, and his wife, Helen (d. 1905), the eldest daughter of James Leslie...

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Denny, Peter (1821–1895), shipbuilder and shipowner, was born in Dumbarton on 25 October 1821, the fifth son of William Denny (1779–1833) and his wife, Christeanne, formerly McIntyre. The Denny family had been involved in boat-building in the town since at least the mid-eighteenth century and were then engaged in developing steamships. ...

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Gibson, Walter (b. c. 1645, d. in or after 1717), merchant and shipowner, was the eldest son of John Gibson (d. 1679), portioner of Newtoun (otherwise Overton or Overnewtoun), Lanarkshire. Walter Gibson's brothers John, Andrew, and Ninian were merchants, while another brother, ...

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Gunn [née Fubister], Isabel [alias John Fubister] (1780–1861), sailor and cross-dresser, was born in Orkney, on 1 August 1780, the daughter of John Fubister and Girzal Allan, and was baptized Isabel Fubister on 7 August in St Andrew's parish, Orkney. Few details are known about her life until she signed on with ...

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Douglas Douglas- Hamilton, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973) by Bassano, 1945 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hamilton, Douglas Douglas-, fourteenth duke of Hamilton and eleventh duke of Brandon (1903–1973), boxer, aviator, and politician, was born on 3 February 1903, the eldest of the seven children of Alfred Douglas-Hamilton, thirteenth duke of Hamilton (1862–1940), and his wife, Nina Mary Benita Douglas-Hamilton, ...

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Henderson, George (1783–1855), army officer and railway company director, son of Captain Henderson of the 4th regiment, was born on 4 June 1783 at Newton, his father's property, on the banks of the Dee, Aberdeenshire. After attending the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he was commissioned in the ...

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Lorimer, Sir William (1844–1922), locomotive engineer and industrialist, was born on 4 November 1844 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, son of William Lorimer, house factor, and Margaret Whigham. Little is known about his family origins and early life in Sanquhar. He attended the local parish school and at the age of fifteen joined the ...

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MacBrayne, David (bap. 1817, d. 1907), shipowner, was baptized on 25 December 1817 in the Barony parish of Glasgow, the son of David MacBrayne, registrar of births in the Barony parish, and Elizabeth Stevenson Burns, daughter of the Revd Dr John Burns of the ...

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McCrindle, John Ronald (1894–1977), lawyer and airline executive, was born on 29 November 1894 at The Grange, Middlesbrough, the only child of James Ronald McCrindle MB CM, physician and surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth Pullan Kealabow, both of Scots descent. He was brought up in ...

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McNeill, Sir James McFadyen (1892–1964), shipbuilder, was born on 19 August 1892, at 6 Cameron Street, Clydebank, the youngest of three sons of Archibald McNeill (d. 1901/2), shipyard foreman, and his wife, Isabella McKinnon, daughter of a farmer on the island of ...

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Sir James McFadyen McNeill (1892–1964) by Walter Stoneman Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Patrick Miller (1731–1815) attrib. Sir George Chalmers, c. 1770 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Miller, Patrick (1731–1815), banker and inventor, was born at Glasgow, the third son of William Miller of Glenlee, and his wife, Janet Hamilton. He was a younger brother of Sir Thomas Miller, the lord president of the court of session. Although he was to claim that he began life 'without a ...

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R. B. Prosser

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Morton, Thomas (1781–1832), shipbuilder and inventor of a ship-building slip, was born at Leith on 8 October 1781, the son of Hugh Morton, wright and builder. He appears to have worked for his father before establishing a shipbuilding business in Leith, which outlived him as ...

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Napier, David (1790–1869), shipbuilder and engineer, was born at Dumbarton on 29 October 1790, the son of John Napier (d. July 1813), an engineer in Dumbarton, and his second wife, Ann McAlister. He was a cousin of Robert Napier (1791–1876), the celebrated shipbuilder, whose younger brother was ...