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Sir Hugh Lyon Playfair (1786–1861) by Thomas Rodger, c. 1850 courtesy of St Andrews University Library

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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...