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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 '...

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Potter, Lewis (1807–1881), shipping agent and banker, was born on 27 May 1807 at Falkirk, the son of James Potter (1775–1839), a timber merchant and brick manufacturer, and his wife, Janet, née Wilson (1781–1831). He was apprenticed to David Chapman, a shipping agent in ...