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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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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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Stirling, Robert (1790–1878), Church of Scotland minister and inventor of a hot-air engine, was born on 25 October 1790 in the parish of Methven, Perthshire, the son of Peter Stirling, farmer at Cloag. He studied at the University of Edinburgh (1805–6) and was licensed to preach by the presbytery of ...

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Sword, John Cuthill (1892–1960), road and air transport manager, was born on 17 April 1892 at Groveside Cottage, Alexander Street, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, the son of William Sword, baker, and his wife, Jeanie Russell Cuthill. He attended elementary school at Airdrie and then started work with his father at the age of fourteen, before setting up in a bakery business on his own account. However, the First World War provided him, like many others, with an opportunity to broaden his horizons and change his career. Service in the ...

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Tytler, James [called Balloon Tytler] (1745–1804), balloonist and radical, was born on 17 December 1745 at the manse at Fern, Forfarshire, the fourth child of George Tytler (1705/6–1785), Church of Scotland minister in the presbytery of Brechin, and his wife, Janet Robertson (...

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James Tytler (1745–1804) by Hannah Crowninshield, 1804 photography courtesy Peabody Essex Museum