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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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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 ...

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Smith, Sir Allan MacGregor (1871–1941), employers' leader and politician, was born on 19 May 1871 at 236 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, the second of eight children of Alexander Smith, master house-painter and a native of Elgin, and his wife, Agnes Welsh Campbell, from Glen Orchy...