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Sir Archibald Alison, second baronet (1826–1907) by Maclure & Macdonald, pubd 1882 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alison, Sir Archibald, second baronet (1826–1907), army officer, was born at Edinburgh on 21 January 1826, the eldest son of Sir Archibald Alison, first baronet (1792–1867), historian, and his wife, Elizabeth Glencairn (1799–1873), youngest daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel William Tytler. In 1835 Possil House...

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Cameron, Sir Alan, of Erracht (1750–1828), army officer, the eldest of the six children of Ewen Cameron of Erracht (1711?–1780?), leaseholder and farmer, and his wife, Marsali Maclean of Drimnin (d. 1795?), a designer of regimental tartan, was born at Erracht, Lochaber...

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Sir (Alexander Frank) Philip Christison, fourth baronet (1893–1993) by Vandyk, 1948 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Christison, Sir (Alexander Frank) Philip, fourth baronet (1893–1993), army officer, was born at 40 Moray Place, Edinburgh, on 17 November 1893, the elder of the two sons and eldest of five children of Sir Alexander Christison, second baronet (1828–1918), surgeon-general in the Bengal...

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Forbes, Walter, nineteenth Lord Forbes (1798–1868), army officer, was born on 29 May 1798 at Crailing, Roxburghshire, the second son of James Ochoncar Forbes, eighteenth lord (1765–1843), and his wife, Elizabeth (1775–1830), daughter and heir of Walter Hunter, of Polmood, Peeblesshire, and Crailing, Roxburghshire...

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Hozier, Sir Henry Montague (1838–1907), army officer and business administrator, was born on 20 March 1838, at St Enoch's Hall, Bothwell, Lanarkshire, fifth son of James Hozier (1791–1878), landowner and barrister, later of Newlands, Glasgow, and Mauldslie Castle, Lanarkshire, and his wife, Catherine Margaret (...

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Eric Sutherland Lomax (1919–2012) by unknown photographer, c.1939 © Writer Pictures

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Lomax, Eric Sutherland (1919–2012), prisoner of war and author, was born on 30 May 1919 at 11 Bedford Terrace, Portobello, Edinburgh, the only child of John Lomax (1878–1950), post office clerk, later post office manager, formerly a Stockport pawnbroker's assistant, and his wife, ...

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Macquarie, Lachlan (1761–1824), army officer and colonial governor, was born on 31 January 1761 on the Hebridean islet of Ulva, one of six children of Scottish-born parents, Lachlan Macquarie, a carpenter and tenant farmer, and his wife, Margaret, née Maclaine. His father was a cousin of the sixteenth laird of the ...

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Murray, John, second earl of Dunmore (1685–1752), army officer and politician, the son of Lord Charles Murray (1661–1710), who was created earl of Dunmore in the Scottish peerage by James VII in 1686, and his wife, Catherine (d. 1710), daughter of Richard Watts...

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Oughton, Sir (James) Adolphus Dickenson (bap. 1719, d. 1780), army officer and antiquary, was baptized at St Giles-in-the-Fields, London, on 27 October 1719, the illegitimate son of Colonel Sir Adolphus Oughton baronet (1684/5–1736), army officer and politician, and Miss Frances Dickenson (...

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Wood, Sir Mark, first baronet (1750–1829), army officer and engineer, was born on 16 March 1750, the eldest of five sons and one daughter of Alexander Wood (1712–1778), procurator fiscal, of Burncroft, Perthshire, and his wife, Jean Ramsay, of Banff. Under the aegis of ...