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Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (1817–1893), businessman and politician in Canada, was born on 6 September 1817 in Chelsea, London, the youngest of the three sons of John Galt (1779–1839), author and colonizer, and his wife, Elizabeth (d. 1851), the daughter of the publisher ...

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Geddes, Auckland Campbell, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954), politician and businessman, was born in London on 21 June 1879, the second of three sons of Auckland (originally Acland) Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod Anderson (1850–1914). He had four sisters, of whom two survived into adulthood. His siblings included ...

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Auckland Campbell Geddes, first Baron Geddes (1879–1954) by Olive Edis, 1916 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geddes, Sir Eric Campbell (1875–1937), politician and businessman, was born at Agra, India, on 26 September 1875, the second of five children of Auckland Campbell Geddes (1831–1908), civil engineer, of Edinburgh and his wife, Christina Helen Macleod (1850–1914), daughter of the Revd Alexander Anderson...

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Sir Eric Campbell Geddes (1875–1937) by Howard Coster, 1936 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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George Hay, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634) by Daniel Mytens, 1633 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Hay, George, first earl of Kinnoull (bap. 1570, d. 1634), politician and entrepreneur, was baptized on 4 December 1570, probably at Megginch, Perthshire, the second son of Peter Hay (d. 1596), laird of Megginch and bailie to his distant kin the earls of Erroll...

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Horne, Robert Stevenson, Viscount Horne of Slamannan (1871–1940), politician and businessman, was born on 28 February 1871 at Slamannan, Stirlingshire, the youngest son of Robert Stevenson Horne (1830–1887), Church of Scotland minister of the parish of Slamannan, and his wife, Mary, daughter of ...

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Robert Stevenson Horne, Viscount Horne of Slamannan (1871–1940) by Lafayette, pubd 1922 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Law, Andrew Bonar (1858–1923), businessman and prime minister, was born on 16 September 1858 in Kingston, New Brunswick, Canada. His father, the Revd James Law (1822–1882), was an Ulsterman of Scottish descent who served as Presbyterian minister of the Free Church of Scotland...

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Andrew Bonar Law (1858–1923) by Sir James Guthrie, c. 1919–21 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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MacBain, Sir James (1828–1892), businessman and politician in Australia, born on 19 April 1828 at Kinrives, Ross-shire, was the youngest son of Smith MacBain, a farmer, and his wife, Christina Taylor. While he was still an infant his family moved to Scotsburn, and thence to ...

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McCracken, Henry Joy (1767–1798), businessman and Irish nationalist, was born at 39 High Street, Belfast, on 31 August 1767, the fifth child of Captain John McCracken (1721–1803), shipowner and textile manufacturer, and his wife, Ann Joy (1730–1814). Both the Joy and McCracken families were Presbyterian, industrious, and prominent; his mother was a great-granddaughter of ...

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McCulloch, Sir James (1819–1893), politician and entrepreneur in Australia, the son of George McCulloch, a carter, and his wife, Jean Thomson, was born on 19 March 1819 at Glasgow. After a rudimentary education he entered the office of the merchants J. and A. Dennistoun...

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Sir Thomas McIlwraith (1835–1900) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1900 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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McIlwraith, Sir Thomas (1835–1900), entrepreneur and politician in Australia, the son of John McIlwraith, a plumber, and his wife, Janet Hamilton, the daughter of John Howat, was born at Ayr, Scotland, on 17 May 1835, and educated at Watson's school and the Wallacetown Academy...

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Mitchell, Peter (1824–1899), businessman and politician in Canada, was born at Newcastle, New Brunswick, on 4 January 1824, the son of Peter Mitchell (1795–1851), a hotel owner and tavern keeper, and his wife, Barbara, née Grant (1800–1869). Educated at the county grammar school, he studied law and was called to the ...

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Muirhead, Roland Eugene (1868–1964), Scottish nationalist and businessman, was born on 24 July 1868 at Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland, the second son of Andrew Muirhead (d. 1885), the owner of the Gryffe tannery, and his wife, Isabella Reid. He was educated in Glasgow high school...

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Pollock, Hugh McDowell (1852–1937), businessman and politician, was born in Bangor, co. Down, on 16 November 1852, third and youngest son of James Pollock, master mariner, and his wife, Eliza McDowell. Educated at Bangor endowed school, he served a shipbroking apprenticeship, then moved to ...

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Roger, Sir Alexander Forbes Proctor (1878–1961), businessman and public servant, was born on 30 January 1878, at Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, the posthumous third son of James Paterson Roger (who to his family's eternal shame had committed suicide) and his second wife, Margaret, daughter of ...