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Cunningham, Peter Miller (1789–1864), naval surgeon and pioneer in Australia, fifth and youngest son of John Cunningham (1743–1800) of Dalswinton, near Dumfries, land steward and farmer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Harley, the daughter of a Dumfries merchant, was born at Dalswinton in November 1789. He was brother of ...


Farquharson, Henry (c. 1675–1739), teacher of mathematics and navigation in Russia, was a son of John Farquharson (d. before 1691), from a branch of the family at Milton, Whitehouse, in west Aberdeenshire. He graduated after broadly based studies as Milne bursar (1691–5) at ...


Irving, James (1759–1791), naval surgeon and slave trader, was born at Langholm, Dumfriesshire, on 15 December 1759, the third and only surviving child of John Irving (1731?–1807), blacksmith and innkeeper, and his wife, Isobel, née Little (1725?–1791). As a surgeon and captain in the ...


T. F. Henderson

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Keith, William, fifth Earl Marischal (c. 1585–1635), naval official, was the eldest son of George Keith, fourth Earl Marischal (1549/50–1623), and his wife, Margaret (d. 1598), daughter of Alexander Home, fifth Lord Home. In 1601 Keith travelled abroad to further his education, visiting ...


Charles Middleton, first Baron Barham (1726–1813) by M. Bourlier, pubd 1809 (after John Downman) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Middleton, Charles, first Baron Barham (1726–1813), naval officer and administrator, the twelfth child and second son of Robert Middleton, a collector of customs at Bo'ness in Linlithgowshire, and his wife, Helen, the daughter of Charles Dundas of Arniston, was born at Leith on 14 October 1726. His grandfather, ...


J. K. Laughton

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Warden, William (1777–1849), naval surgeon and author, was born at Alyth in Forfarshire on 1 May 1777. From the parish school, he was sent to Montrose, where he served some years with a surgeon, being a fellow-pupil of William Burnett and Joseph Hume...