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Drummond, Sir William, of Logiealmond (1770?–1828), classical scholar and diplomatist, was the eldest son of John Drummond, the laird of Logiealmond, and his wife, Lady Catherine Murray, sister of John, earl of Dunmore. He succeeded his father on the latter's death in 1781. He studied philosophy briefly (...

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Hofmeyr, Jan Frederik Hendrik (1894–1948), classical scholar and politician in South Africa, was born in Cape Town on 20 March 1894, the younger son of Andries Brink Hofmeyr (1851–1897), a newspaper manager, and the imperious Deborah Catherina Beyers (1863–1959). His mother developed a neurotic fear of her son dying young and became over-possessive of a boy who soon revealed his genius. Almost eight when sent to the ...

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Macdonald, Sir George (1862–1940), classical scholar and civil servant, was born at Elgin on 30 January 1862, the third son of James Macdonald, a master at Elgin Academy and an antiquary, and his wife, Margaret Raff. He was educated at Ayr Academy, of which his father was then rector, and at ...

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Sir George Macdonald (1862–1940) by Maurice Greiffenhagen, 1929 © reserved; photograph courtesy the Scottish National Portrait Gallery