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Johnstone, Andrew James Cochrane- (1767–1833?), politician and fraudster, was born on 24 May 1767 at Belleville, a house in Edinburgh, the eighth surviving son of Thomas Cochrane, eighth earl of Dundonald (1691–1778), and his wife, Jean, née Stewart, of Torrance, Lanarkshire (1722?–1808).

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Thomas Kennedy, ninth earl of Cassillis (1726–1775) by William Mosman, 1746 Culzean Castle collection; courtesy of The National Trust for Scotland

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Kennedy, Thomas, ninth earl of Cassillis (1726–1775), smuggler and landowner, was born on 12 February 1726, the seventeenth child and second surviving son of Sir John Kennedy of Culzean, second baronet (d. 1742), and Jean Douglas (d. 1767), daughter of Andrew Douglas...

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Speckman [alias Brown], Charles (1734?–1763), confidence trickster, was probably born in London in 1734, although one account reports a slightly earlier birth about 1728 in either Antigua or Barbados (The Ordinary of Newgate). In keeping with his chosen profession he adopted various aliases, and it is therefore difficult to be entirely confident that his name really was ...