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Bowman, Alexander [formerly Patrick McKeown] (1854–1924), trade unionist and politician, was born on 16 March 1854, and baptized as a Roman Catholic, with the name Patrick McKeown. His father, William McKeown, or McKeon (1827–1865), was a Catholic farmer of Derry townland, Dromara, co. Down...

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Brown, James (1862–1939), trade unionist and politician, was born on 16 December 1862, at Whitletts, Ayr, the third child, but first to survive infancy, of James Brown, a weaver turned miner, and his wife, Christine MacMillan, née O'Hara. His mother was of protestant Irish and Scottish highland descent. ...

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Hodge, John (1855–1937), trade unionist and politician, was born on 29 October 1855, at Linkeyburn, Muirkirk, Ayrshire, the son of William Hodge, a puddler at a local ironworks, and his wife, Marion (née Henderson). As a child Hodge moved to Motherwell and then to ...

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Kirkwood, David, first Baron Kirkwood (1872–1955), trade unionist and politician, was born at Parkhead, Glasgow, on 8 July 1872, the son of John Kirkwood and his wife, Jean, daughter of William Brown. An older brother had died as an infant, and his parents also had an adopted daughter. His father was a labourer who rose to be winding-master in a weaving mill at a wage of ...

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Alexander Macdonald (1821–1881) by unknown engraver, pubd 1874 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Macdonald [formerly McDonald], Alexander (1821–1881), trade unionist and politician, was born on 27 June 1821 at Dalmacoulter Farm, New Monkland, Lanarkshire, the eldest of seven children of Daniel McDonald and his wife, Ann, née Watt. His father was a former seaman in the ...