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Adam, William (bap. 1689, d. 1748), builder and architect, was baptized on 24 October 1689 at Abbotshall church, Kirkcaldy, Fife. He was the only surviving child of John Adam, builder and merchant, and of his wife, Helen, daughter of the third Lord Cranstoun...

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Adams, Thomas (1871–1940), town and country planner, was born on 10 September 1871 at Meadow House Farm, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, the eldest of the four children of James Adams (1841/2–1888), dairyman, and his wife, Margaret, née Johnstone (1847/8–1899), housekeeper. Educated at Daniel Stewart's College...

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Anderson, Janet (1697–1761), milliner and maker of graveclothes, was born on 1 January 1697 and baptized in Edinburgh two days later. She was the daughter of James Anderson (1662–1728), clerk to the signet and author of Diplomata Scotiae, and Jean Ellis or Ellies (...

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James Craig Annan (1864–1946) by William Strang, 1902 Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Annan, James Craig (1864–1946), photographer, was born on 8 March 1864, the second of the seven children of Thomas Annan (1829/30–1887), photographer, and his wife, Mary Young Craig, at 15 Burnbank Road, Hamilton, Lanarkshire, in Talbot Cottage, named after William Henry Fox Talbot...

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Thomas Annan (1829/3030–1887) self-portrait?, 1857 Annan Gallery, Glasgow

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Annan, Thomas (1829/30–1887), photographer, was apparently the fifth of the seven children of John Annan (1792–1869), a farmer, flax spinner, and corn miller, who lived in the parish of Dairsie in Fife, and his wife, Agnes Bell (1791?–1878). He left home in November 1845 to begin an apprenticeship as a lithographic writer and engraver with the ...

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Louisa Caroline Baring, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903) by Carlo, Baron Marochetti, 1861 property of the Marquess of Northampton; Beedle & Cooper

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Baring [née Stewart-Mackenzie], Louisa Caroline, Lady Ashburton (1827–1903), art collector and philanthropist, was born at Seaforth Lodge, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, on 5 March 1827, the third daughter and sixth child of James Alexander Stewart-Mackenzie (d. 1843)...

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Beckett, Ronald Brymer (1891–1970), administrator in India and art historian, was born on 17 January 1891 in Micklefield Terrace, Rawdon, Yorkshire, the son of James Robertson Beckett (1855–1923), manager in a firm of silk and woollen merchants, and his wife, Annie Bertha Murray (1864–1952)...

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Blackburn, William (1750–1790), surveyor and architect, was born in Southwark, the son of a tradesman of St John's Horsleydown, probably the John Blackburn who on 15 November 1749 married Eleanor Howell of that parish. His mother, said to be a native of Spain...

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Blackwell [née Blachrie], Elizabeth (bap. 1707, d. 1758), botanical author and artist, was baptized on 22 June 1707 at St Nicholas, Aberdeen, the sixth daughter of a prosperous stocking merchant, William Blachrie (b. c.1669) and his wife, Isobel Fordyce. Elizabeth...

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Blaikie, Thomas (1751–1838), landscape gardener and plant collector, was born at Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, on 2 March 1751, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Blaikie, who owned a small market garden at Corstorphine, and his wife, ...

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Bliss, Douglas Percy (1900–1984), painter and printmaker, was born on 28 January 1900 at Karachi, then part of British India, the son of Joseph Bliss (1868–1936), pharmacist, and Isabel Douglas Percy (1868–1966). He was educated in Scotland, where he attended George Watson's College...

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Brodie, Alexander (1829/30–1867), sculptor, was born at 8 Virginia Street, Aberdeen, the youngest of the three sons of John Brodie (1786/7–1865), shipmaster and merchant seaman, of Banff and Aberdeen, and his wife, Mary Walker (1786?–1846). While serving an apprenticeship as a brass-finisher in the foundry of ...

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Brodie, William (1815–1881), sculptor, was born in Banff on 22 January 1815, and baptized on 10 February 1815 at Banff, the oldest of the three sons of John Brodie (1786/7–1865), shipmaster and merchant seaman of Banff and Aberdeen, and his wife, Mary Walker (1786?–1846)...

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Burn, William (1789–1870), architect, was born in Edinburgh on 20 December 1789, the fourth and eldest survivor of the sixteen children of Robert Burn (1751–1815) and his wife, Janet Laing (bap. 1765). The elder Burn was an architect–builder of the Adam school, with a good practice in medium-sized country houses and a marble works on ...

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Andrew Caldwell (1733–1808) by Robert Woodburn, 1793 by courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Caldwell, Andrew (1733–1808), barrister and connoisseur of architecture, was born on 19 December 1733, the eldest of the ten children of Charles Caldwell (1707–1776), solicitor to the commissioners of revenue in Ireland, and his wife, Elizabeth (1709–1792), daughter of Benjamin Heywood, merchant, of ...

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Sir David Young Cameron (1865–1945) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London