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Sir Samuel Ferguson (1810–1886) by unknown photographer by permission of the Royal Irish Academy © Royal Irish Academy

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Ferguson, Sir Samuel (1810–1886), poet and archivist, was born on 10 March 1810, in High Street, Belfast, the youngest of the six children of John Ferguson (d. 1845) and his wife, Agnes, née Knox (d. 1861), daughter of John Knox, a clockmaker, in whose house the birth took place. His father, whose Scottish forebears had settled in ...

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Fergusson, Sir James, eighth baronet (1904–1973), archivist and scholar, was born on 18 September 1904, the eldest son of Sir Charles Fergusson, seventh baronet (1865–1951), of Kilkerran, Ayrshire, and his wife, Lady Alice Mary Boyle (1877–1958), second daughter of the seventh earl of Glasgow...

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Fraser, Sir William (1816–1898), genealogist and archivist, was born at Links of Arduthie, by Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, on 18 February 1816. Though his father, James (d. 1834), and grandfather William were stonemasons, Fraser's paternal forebears came of farming stock in Strathspey and Stratha'an...

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Hunter, Joseph (1783–1861), antiquary and record scholar, was born at Sheffield on 6 February 1783, the son of Michael Hunter, a cutler, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Girdler). His mother died in 1787, and he, the only surviving child, was left in the guardianship of the ...

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Joseph Stevenson (1806–1895) by Charles Matthew, c. 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stevenson, Joseph (1806–1895), historian, archivist, and Church of England clergyman, was born on 27 November 1806 at Berwick upon Tweed, the eldest son of Robert Stevenson, surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth Wilson. He had two sisters. After his first schooling at Witton-le-Wear he entered the grammar school attached to ...

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Thomas Thomson (1768–1852) by Robert Scott Lauder Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Thomson, Thomas (1768–1852), record scholar and advocate, was born on 10 November 1768 at the manse in Dailly, Ayrshire, the eldest son of the Revd Thomas Thomson, the parish minister, and his second wife, Mary Hay, daughter of Francis Hay in Lochside, Ayrshire...

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William Barclay David Donald Turnbull (1811–1863) by James Archer Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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Turnbull, William Barclay David Donald (1811–1863), archivist and antiquary, was born on 6 February 1811 in St James's Square, Edinburgh, the only child of Walter Turnbull (d. 1819), armiger, from Hanover in Jamaica and later of Leven Lodge, near Edinburgh, and Torryburn, Fife...