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John Nicol (1755–1825) by William Home Lizars, pubd 1822 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Nicol, John (1755–1825), sailor, was born at Currie, near Edinburgh, the third of five children. His father was a cooper who died about 1780, and his mother died in childbirth when he was very young. Both his parents were Scottish. His father appears to have tried to give all his children a good education but ...