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Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun (1653?–1716) by William Aikman, c. 1707 private collection; photograph © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fletcher, Andrew, of Saltoun (1653?–1716), Scottish patriot, political theorist, and book collector, was most probably born at Saltoun, in Haddingtonshire; a gap in the parish register between 1647 and 1660 leaves the precise date unknown, but 1653 is supported by a family record, and is more probable than 1655. He was the eldest son of ...