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William Maxwell Aitken, first Baron Beaverbrook (1879–1964) by Walter Sickert, 1935 © The Beaverbrook Foundation; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aitken, William Maxwell, first Baron Beaverbrook (1879–1964), newspaper proprietor and politician, was born on 25 May 1879 at the manse, Vaughan, Maple, Ontario, Canada. He was the third son and fifth member of a family of ten children, whose father, William Cuthbert Aitken (1834–1913)...

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William Alexander (1826–1894) by Sir George Reid Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Alexander, William (1826–1894), novelist and journalist, was born on 12 June 1826 at the farm of Westerhouses, Rescivet, in the parish of Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire. He was the eldest son of the ten children of James Alexander (1789–1856), blacksmith and tenant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Armstrong, John (1771–1797), journalist and poet, was born in Leith on 7 June 1771, the son of James Armstrong, a barber of that town, and his wife, Mary Lautie. After attending Leith grammar school and the high school in Edinburgh, he entered Edinburgh University...

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James Ballantyne (1772–1833) by John Ballantyne National Gallery of Scotland

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Ballantyne, James (1772–1833), printer and newspaper editor, was born at Kelso, Roxburghshire, Scotland, on 15 January 1772, the eldest child of John Ballantyne (1743–1817), general merchant, and Jean (1745?–1818), daughter of James Barclay, rector of Dalkeith high school, and his wife, Elizabeth. His early education was at ...

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Bayne, Peter [pseud. Ellis Brandt] (1830–1896), journalist and author, second son of Charles John Bayne (d. 11 Oct 1832), minister of Fodderty, Ross-shire, and his wife, Isabella Jane Duguid, was born at the manse, Fodderty, on 19 October 1830. He was educated at ...

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Robert Dennis Blanchflower (1926–1993) by Mark Gerson, 1962 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Blanchflower, Robert Dennis [Danny] (1926–1993), footballer and journalist, was born on 10 February 1926 at 7 Elmdale Street in the Bloomfield district of east Belfast, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of John Blanchflower, an iron turner in the ...

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Brown, George (1818–1880), politician and journalist in Canada, was born at Alloa, Scotland, on 29 November 1818. His father, Peter Brown (1784–1863), also a journalist in Canada, born in Edinburgh on 29 June 1784, the son of James Brown, a builder and general commissioner of police, was originally a merchant. Following financial difficulties he emigrated in 1837 to ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Browne, James (1793–1841), newspaper editor and journalist, the son of a manufacturer at Coupar Angus, was born at Whitefield, Cargill, in Perthshire. He was educated for the ministry of the Church of Scotland at the University of St Andrews, where, after matriculating in 1806, he distinguished himself in classics. After being licensed to preach he spent some time on the continent as tutor in a family. On his return to ...

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Buist, George (1804–1860), newspaper editor and scientist, was born at Tannadice, Forfarshire, on 17 November 1804, the second of the nine children of the Revd John Buist (1752/3–1845) and his wife, Margaret Jafferson. After being taught at home by his father until 1817 he was educated at ...

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T. F. Henderson

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Cameron, John Alexander (d. 1885), journalist, was descended from the Camerons of Kinlochiel, in Argyll, and was born at Inverness, where he was a bank clerk. He went to India, and was employed by a mercantile firm in Bombay. He contributed to the ...

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Jennett Humphreys

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Carrick, John Donald (1788–1837), songwriter and journalist, was born on 22 April 1788 at Glasgow, the son of Elizabeth Donald and William Carrick, a porter. His father was originally from Buchlyvie, Stirlingshire. He was put to work early in the office of a ...

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Chalmers family (per. 1736–1876), newspaper proprietors and printers, established in Aberdeen what became the largest printing and publishing business in the north of Scotland in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The family's prominence was founded on the Aberdeen Journal, among other newspapers and magazines, and on their succeeding as printers to the town and university of ...

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Colvin, Ian Duncan [pseud. Rip Van Winkle] (1877–1938), journalist, was born at Inverness on 29 September 1877, the second son of Duncan Colvin, Free Church minister, and his wife, Grace Macpherson Strother. He was educated at Crieff Academy and at Inverness College...

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Connor, Sir William Neil (1909–1967), journalist, was born in London on 26 April 1909, a twin son of William Henry Connor, a protestant Ulsterman and Admiralty clerk, and his wife, Isobella Littlejohn, a telegraphist, from Aberdeenshire. Connor went to a primary board school, then to a local private school, and finally to ...