George Heriot

(1563—1624) jeweller and philanthropist

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Heriot, George (1759 - 1839), painter

Heriot, George (1563–1624)

Heriot, George (1563–1624)

Heriot, George (1563-1624), jeweller and philanthropist

HERIOT, George (1759 - 1839), Painter, draughtsman, watercolourist

PEARSON, Keith Philip (born 1941), Headmaster, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, 1983–97

CLARK, John Brown (1861 - 1947), JP; Headmaster, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, 1908–26

HECTOR, Alistair Gordon (born 1955), Headmaster, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, 1998–2013

McDONALD, Allan Stuart (1922 - 2005), Headmaster, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, 1970–83

DEWAR, William McLachlan (1905 - 1979), Headmaster, George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh, 1947–70; Director, Craigmyle (Scotland) Ltd, since 1971

BURNETT, George Murray (1921 - 1980), Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University, since 1974

RUSSELL, James Alexander (1846 - 1918), Chairman Burgh Committee on Secondary Education, 1893–1902; member of George Heriot’s Trust, 1880–1903; and of Corporation of Edinburgh, 1880–1900

Thomson, George Morgan (1921 - 2008), Chairman, Independent Broadcasting Authority, 1981–88 (Deputy Chairman, 1980); Chancellor, Heriot Watt University, 1977–91

HOME, George (1920 - 2009), Professor of International Banking, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 1978–85, then Professor Emeritus

MacFARLANE, Alistair (George James) (born 1931), Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, 1989–96

MACDOUGALL, Robert Stewart (1862 - 1947), retired; late Steven Lecturer in Agricultural Entomology and Reader in Agricultural Entomoloty and Reader in Agricultural Zoology and Forest Zoology, University of Edinburgh; late Adviser in Biology to Board of Agriculture in Scotland; late Member of Committee Imperial Bureau of Entomology; late Member of the Scientific and Technical Commission for Plant Diseases and Pests of the International Institute of Agriculture, Rome; late Consulting Zoologist to Highland and Agricultural Society; Professor Emeritus of Biology Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh; late a Governor of the George Heriot Trust and a Governor of the Heriot-Watt College


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(1563–1624). Heriot was a prosperous Edinburgh goldsmith who became jeweller to James VI and goldsmith to the queen. He moved down to London after the king and advanced large loans to the royal couple. Impressed by the success of Christ's Hospital in London, Heriot left the bulk of his fortune to establish a school in Edinburgh, to be administered by the town council. The school opened in 1659. As ‘Jingling Geordie’ he appears in Scott's The Fortunes of Nigel and he is also commemorated in Heriot-Watt University.

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