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Auld [née Jardine; other married name Marshall], Mary (1893–1984), local politician and women's organizer, was born on 8 July 1893 in Main Street, Lockerbie, Dumfriesshire, the fourth child of seven born to Francis Jardine, clog maker, and his wife, Agnes Wallace. She attended ...

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Beavan, Margaret (1875–1931), welfare worker and local politician, was born at 28 Bowring Street, Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire, on 1 August 1875, the eldest daughter of Jeffrey Beavan, bookkeeper and later fire insurance manager, and his wife, Ellen Catherine Williams. The Beavan children enjoyed a close family childhood in comfortable circumstances. Most of their time was spent at the family home in ...

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Brand, Sir David (1837–1908), advocate and local politician, was born in Glasgow on 27 December 1837, the eldest son of Robert Brand, a linen merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Robert Thomson. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and the universities of ...

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Brodie, William [known as Deacon Brodie] (1746–1788), local politician and thief, was probably born at Brodie's Close, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, the eldest of eleven children of Francis Brodie (d. c.1787), a prominent and prosperous local cabinet-maker or wright, whose family had been members of the ...

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Sir Samuel Chisholm, baronet (1836–1923) by unknown photographer by courtesy of the Mitchell Library, Cultural and Leisure Services, Glasgow City Council

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Chisholm, Sir Samuel, baronet (1836–1923), local politician and temperance campaigner, was born in Dalkeith, Midlothian, on 23 September 1836, the eldest son in the family of four sons and three daughters of John Chisholm (c.1810–1882), a tobacco manufacturer, and his wife, ...

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Cleland, James (1770–1840), statistician and civic administrator, was born in Glasgow on 28 January 1770 and spent his early career as a cabinet-maker in his father's firm. He was educated at the high school in Glasgow, and completed his training in London in the late 1780s. In 1791 he returned to ...

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Cunningham, Sir Hugh (1642/3–1710), local politician and merchant, was apparently a descendant of one of the Ayrshire Cunninghams. However, since there are no references to his birth, and because contemporary sources and his coat of arms as recorded in the Lyon court allude to both the ...

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George Drummond (1687–1766) by Sir George Chalmers, 1764 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Drummond, George (1687–1766), accountant-general of excise in Scotland and local politician, was born on 27 June 1687, probably at Edinburgh, although in some accounts his place of birth is given as Newton Castle in Perthshire, where his father had business and family connections. He was one of at least three children of the factor and merchant ...

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Evans, Evan (1882–1965), coach tour operator and local politician, was born on 8 November 1882 in Glanyrafon, Betws Leucu, Cardiganshire, the eldest of the six surviving children of David Evans, a tenant farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Davies. After leaving Llangeitho school...

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Katharine Gordon, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779) by unknown artist unknown collection / Christie's; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gordon, Katharine, duchess of Gordon (1718–1779), politician, was born on 20 October 1718, the daughter of William Gordon, second earl of Aberdeen (1679–1745), and his second wife, Lady Anna Susan Murray (1699–1725), the daughter of John Murray, first duke of Atholl. When Katharine...

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Guthrie, Alexander (d. 1582), civic administrator and religious activist, is first recorded on 10 January 1549, when he was admitted burgess and guild brother of Edinburgh. Nothing is known of his parentage or education. He became a lawyer who also engaged in trade, and was appointed common clerk of ...

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Ingram, Archibald (c. 1699–1770), tobacco merchant and civic leader, rose to prominence from obscure origins, possibly in Ayrshire. He started in business as a street vendor while a boy and then married an armourer's daughter, Janet Simpson (d. 1742), on 16 August 1727, becoming a ...

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Laurie, Gilbert (bap. 1718, d. 1787), apothecary and local politician, was born in Edinburgh and was baptized there on 24 October 1718. He was the son of Gilbert Laurie or Laury (d. after 1765?) of Crossrig, Berwickshire, a surgeon apothecary, and the first of his three wives, ...

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Lavinia Malcolm (1847/88–1920) by unknown photographer, 1913 courtesy Dollar Museum Trust

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Malcolm [née Laing], Lavinia (1847/8–1920), local politician, was born in Forres, Moray, where her maternal grandfather, John Kynoch, was provost from 1848 to 1857. Her parents were Alexander Laing (1817–1876), manager of Forres gas works, and his wife, Janet, née Kynoch (1820–1884)...

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Murdoch, George (1715–1795), merchant and civic leader, was born in January 1715 in Glasgow, where he was baptized on 23 January, the son of James Murdoch, a city merchant, and Elizabeth, née Wingate. He obtained his Glasgow burgess ticket through his father in 1737. About three years later he married ...

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Roberts [née Weir], Dame Jean Barr McDonald (1895–1988), local politician, was born at 36 Avenue Road, Springburn, Glasgow, on 20 December 1895, the daughter of Walter Weir (1867–1926), foreman locomotive engine fitter, and his wife, Mary, née Nevin (1871–1919), both of whom were ...