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Duncan, Andrew (1773–1832), physician and expert in forensic science, was born in Edinburgh on 10 August 1773, the eldest of the twelve children born to Andrew Duncan (1744–1828), professor of the institutes of medicine, and his wife, Mary Knox. He was the only child to follow his father into the medical profession, and shared many interests with him; the elder ...

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Henry Faulds (1843–1930) by unknown photographer, pubd 1923 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faulds, Henry (1843–1930), general practitioner and developer of fingerprinting, was born on 1 June 1843 at Beith, Ayrshire, the son of William Pollock Faulds, an impoverished grocer, and his wife, Anne Cameron. Both sides of his family were of Scottish descent. After school at ...

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Hay, Matthew (1855–1932), physician and expert in forensic medicine and public health, was born at Hill Head, Denny, Stirlingshire, on 27 December 1855, the son of Matthew Hay, colliery owner, and his wife, Elizabeth (née Stirling). An outstanding scholar, educated at Dollar Academy...

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Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn (1826–1914) by Sir George Reid Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Littlejohn, Sir Henry Duncan (1826–1914), medical officer of health and expert in forensic medicine, was born on 8 May 1826 at the family home, 33 Leith Street, Edinburgh, the seventh of the nine children of Thomas Littlejohn, master baker and a burgess of ...

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Maclagan, Sir Andrew Douglas (1812–1900), physician and expert in forensic medicine and public health, born on 17 April 1812 in Ayr, was the eldest of seven sons of David Maclagan and his wife, Jane, daughter of Philip Whiteside, a medical practitioner of Ayr...

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Ogston, Francis (bap. 1803, d. 1887), expert in forensic medicine, baptized in Aberdeen on 23 July 1803, was the third son of Alexander Ogston, the founder of a large soap factory in Aberdeen, and his wife, Helen Milne. He was educated at the grammar school and at ...

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Rainy, Harry (1792–1876), expert in forensic medicine, was born at Creich, Sutherland, on 20 October 1792, the youngest son of the Revd George Rainy (1733/4–1810), minister of Creich, and his wife, Anne (1750–1833), daughter of the Revd Gilbert Robertson of Kincardine. His elder brother was the merchant and slave owner, ...