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Blair, Alexander (1789–1859), banker, was born on 18 June 1789, the son of William Blair, a captain in the 13th regiment of foot, and his wife, Margaret Freeland. Nothing seems to be known of his early life, but his commercial education began in a merchant's house in ...

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Burton, John Hill (1809–1881), historian and political economist, was born in the Gallowgate, Aberdeen, on 22 August 1809, the second of six children of William Kinninmont Burton (d. 1819), a lieutenant in the army, and of Elizabeth (d. 1848), daughter of ...

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Forbes, Sir William, of Pitsligo, sixth baronet (1739–1806), banker and benefactor, was born on 5 April 1739 at Edinburgh, the eldest surviving son of Sir William Forbes, fifth baronet (1706/7–1743), advocate, and Christian Forbes (1705–1789), daughter of John Forbes and Susan, née Morison...

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Griffin, John Joseph (1802–1877), chemist, author, and business manager, the fourth and youngest son of Joseph Griffin (1752–1838), was born at Webb Square in Shoreditch, London, on 22 January 1802. The family later moved to Glasgow where the father sold books and chemicals. The eldest son, ...

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Hozier, Sir Henry Montague (1838–1907), army officer and business administrator, was born on 20 March 1838, at St Enoch's Hall, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, fifth son of James Hozier (1791–1878), landowner and barrister, later of Newlands, Glasgow, and Mauldslie Castle, Lanarkshire, and his wife, Catherine Margaret (...

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George Auldjo Jamieson (1828–1900) by Sir George Reid reproduced by kind permission of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland

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Jamieson, George Auldjo (1828–1900), accountant, was born at Castle Hill, Aberdeen, on 1 May 1828, the son of James Jamieson MD, a former naval surgeon. He was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and he graduated from Aberdeen University in 1846. After working in an ...

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Laing, Hector, Baron Laing of Dunphail (1923–2010), businessman and philanthropist, was born on 12 May 1923 at 20 Braid Avenue, Edinburgh, the son of Hector Laing, businessman, and his wife, Margaret Norris, née Grant. He was born into a wealthy family, the fortunes of which came from the success of his maternal grandfather, ...

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McLean, David (1833–1908), banker, was born on 4 February 1833 at Scotswalls Farm, Crossgates, near Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, the fifth of the six children of James McLean (1791–1851), farmer, and his wife, Isabel (1790–1882), daughter of James Pettie and his wife, Jannet Reddie...

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Miller, Sir Francis Norie-, first baronet (1859–1947), insurance company manager, was born on 11 March 1859 at Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the son of Henry Miller, chief of the statistical department, HM customs, and his wife, Ann Alexander Norie, who was of Scottish birth. He was educated privately and trained for the law, but instead began his insurance career in the ...