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Anderson, John, first Viscount Waverley (1882–1958), civil service administrator and politician, was born at 1 Livingstone Place, Edinburgh, on 8 July 1882, the only surviving son of David Alexander Pearson Anderson (1855–1948), a fancy stationer who later became a director of a well-known firm of printers and publishers, ...

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Braidwood, James (1800–1861), fire officer, was born at Edinburgh on 3 September 1800, the ninth of ten children of Francis Braidwood (b. 1752), a cabinet-maker who became a successful builder, and his wife, Janet Mitchell. His grandfather, William Braidwood, a strict sabbatarian, was one of the ‘...

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Buchanan, George (1506–1582), poet, historian, and administrator, was born about 1 February 1506 at a farm called The Moss in Killearn parish, Stirlingshire, the fifth of eight children of Thomas Buchanan (d. c.1512) and Agnes Heriot, traditionally said to be of the ...

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Cairncross, Sir Alexander Kirkland [Alec] (1911–1998), economist and public servant, was born on 11 February 1911 at Pine Cottage, Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the third of four sons and the seventh of eight children of Alexander Kirkland Cairncross (1865–1947), draper and ironmonger, and his wife, ...

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Craik, Sir Henry, first baronet (1846–1927), civil servant and author, was born in Glasgow on 18 October 1846. He was the fifth son and the ninth of the ten children of the Revd James Craik DD, minister of St George's Church, Glasgow, and at one time moderator of the ...

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Cunningham, Sir Charles Craik (1906–1998), civil servant, was born on 7 May 1906 in Dundee, the only child of Richard Yule Cunningham of Abergeldie, Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, a stationer and bookseller, and his wife, Isabella Adam, née Craik. He had a brilliant academic career at the ...

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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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Duncan, Sir Andrew Rae (1884–1952), industrial administrator and public servant, was born at Bower Lodge, Waterside, Irvine, Ayrshire, on 3 June 1884, one of eight children of George Duncan, a missionary and social worker, and his wife, Jessie Rae. He was educated at ...

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Dunnett, Sir (Ludovic) James [Ned] (1914–1997), civil servant, was born in India on 12 February 1914, the second son and second of the four children of Sir James Macdonald Dunnett (1877–1953) of the Indian Civil Service, and his wife, Annie (d. 1951)...

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Fergusson, Sir Charles, of Kilkerran, seventh baronet (1865–1951), army officer and administrator, was born in Edinburgh on 17 January 1865, the elder son of Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, sixth baronet (1832–1907), and his first wife, Lady Edith Christian Ramsay (d. 1871)...

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Home, George, earl of Dunbar (d. 1611), courtier and administrator, was the fourth son of Alexander Home of Manderston (d. 1593) and Janet Home (d. 1593), daughter of George Home of Spott. The date of his birth is uncertain. There were many divisions among the ...

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Macdonald, Sir George (1862–1940), classical scholar and civil servant, was born at Elgin on 30 January 1862, the third son of James Macdonald, a master at Elgin Academy and an antiquary, and his wife, Margaret Raff. He was educated at Ayr Academy, of which his father was then rector, and at ...

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MacDougall, Sir (George) Donald Alastair (1912–2004), economist and civil servant, was born at 5 First Avenue, Glasgow, on 26 October 1912, the younger son of Daniel Douglas MacDougall (d. 1929), china merchant, and his wife, Beatrice Amy, née Miller (d. 1954)...

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Middleton, Charles, first Baron Barham (1726–1813), naval officer and administrator, the twelfth child and second son of Robert Middleton, a collector of customs at Bo'ness in Linlithgowshire, and his wife, Helen, the daughter of Charles Dundas of Arniston, was born at Leith on 14 October 1726. His grandfather, ...

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Murray, Katharine Marjory Stewart- [née Katharine Marjory Ramsay], duchess of Atholl (1874–1960), public servant and politician, was born in Edinburgh on 6 November 1874, the eldest of the five children of Sir James Henry Ramsay, tenth baronet (1832–1925), of Bamff, east Perthshire...

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Playfair, Sir Hugh Lyon (1786–1861), army officer and provost of St Andrews, was born at the manse, Meigle, Perthshire, on 17 November 1786, the third of four surviving sons and four daughters of Dr James Playfair (1738–1819), principal of the United College, St Andrews...

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Struthers, Sir John (1857–1925), educationist and civil servant, was born in Adelphi Street, Glasgow, on 19 January 1857, the eldest son of Robert Struthers, provision merchant, and his wife, Agnes Muir. He was one of a large family, and was practically adopted and brought up by his father's sister in ...