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Pitcairn, Robert (1793–1855), antiquary

Alan Bell.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education. 566 words.

Pitcairn, Robert (1793–1855), antiquary, was born in Edinburgh on 14 August 1793, the second son of Robert Pitcairn, principal keeper of the register of deeds at the Register House, and his...

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Gedde [Geddy], John (fl. 1647–1697), apiculturist

D. J. Bryden.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Agriculture and Farming. 787 words.

Gedde [Geddy], John (fl. 1647–1697), apiculturist, was born in St Andrews, Fife, the second son of Michael Geddy, bailie of St Andrews, and Catherine Avery. In 1649, two years into a...

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Ritchie, William (1781–1831), newspaper editor and proprietor

Lionel Alexander Ritchie.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Journalism. 848 words.

Ritchie, William (1781–1831), newspaper editor and proprietor, was born in the village of Lundin Mill, Fife, where his father was a flax dresser. At the age of nineteen he moved to...

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Aytoun, William Edmonstoune (1813–1865), poet

Theodore Martin.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets). 1389 words.

Aytoun, William Edmonstoune (1813–1865), poet, was born on 21 June 1813 in Edinburgh, the only son and youngest of the three children of Roger Aytoun (d. 1843), writer to the signet, and of...

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Hunter, Andrew (1744–1809), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher

D. F. Wright.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theology; Education; Protestantism and Protestant Churches. 910 words.

Hunter, Andrew (1744–1809), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 15 February 1744 in Edinburgh, the fourth son (but the eldest to survive infancy) of Andrew...

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Hogarth, George (1783–1870), music critic

John Warrack.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music Criticism and Journalism. 641 words.

Hogarth, George (1783–1870), music critic, was born at Carfrae Mill, near Oxton, Berwickshire, on 6 September 1783, the son of Robert Hogarth, a farmer, and his wife, Mary, née Scott. He...

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Jameson, William (1796–1873), botanist

Andrew Grout.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Botany. 782 words.

Jameson, William (1796–1873), botanist, was born in Edinburgh on 3 October 1796, the son of William Jameson, a writer to the signet, and his wife, the daughter of John Spottiswoode, a...

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Richardson, John [styled Sir John Richardson, ninth baronet] (1740/41–1795), orientalist

P. J. Marshall.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education. 975 words.

Richardson, John [styled Sir John Richardson, ninth baronet] (1740/41–1795), orientalist, was the third son of George Richardson, writer to the signet, of Edinburgh, and of his wife, Jean,...

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Robertson, Patrick, Lord Robertson (1794–1855), judge

G. F. R. Barker.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 744 words.

Robertson, Patrick, Lord Robertson (1794–1855), judge, born in Edinburgh on 17 February 1794, was the second son of James Robertson (d. 15 April 1820), writer to the signet, and his wife,...

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Macfarlane, Mrs [née Straiton] (fl. 1716–1719), murderer

T. F. Henderson.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 469 words.

Macfarlane, Mrs [née Straiton] (fl. 1716–1719), murderer, was the daughter of Colonel Charles Straiton, a zealous Jacobite. An 'extreme beauty', she married the middle-aged John Macfarlane...

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Boswell, Claud Irvine, Lord Balmuto (1743–1824), judge

G. F. R. Barker.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 396 words.

Boswell, Claud Irvine, Lord Balmuto (1743–1824), judge, was born on 23 May 1743 at Kinghorn, Fife, the son of John Boswell of Balmuto, Fife, writer to the signet, and his wife, Margaret...

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Graham, Thomas Alexander Ferguson (1840–1906), genre painter

Elizabeth S. Cumming.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Drawing and Pastels; Painting. 825 words.

Graham, Thomas Alexander Ferguson (1840–1906), genre painter, was born on 29 October 1840 in Kirkwall, Orkney, the only son of Alexander Spiers Graham, writer to the signet and crown...

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Ponton, Mungo (1802–1880), inventor of photographic processes and lawyer

R. B. Prosser.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Engineering and Technology; Medicinal Chemistry; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Art. 507 words.

Ponton, Mungo (1802–1880), inventor of photographic processes and lawyer, the only son of John Ponton, farmer, and his wife, Isabell née Ponton, was born at Balgreen, near Edinburgh, on 23...

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Smith, Adam (bap. 1723, d. 1790), moral philosopher and political economist

Donald Winch.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Philosophy; Economics; Political Economy. 13397 words.

Smith, Adam (bap. 1723, d. 1790), moral philosopher and political economist, was baptized on 5 June 1723 at Kirkcaldy, a small port on the Forth. His father, also Adam Smith (1679–1723),...

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Welsh, James (1775–1861), army officer in the East India Company

R. H. Vetch.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Military History; Land Forces and Warfare. 1361 words.

Welsh, James (1775–1861), army officer in the East India Company, was born in Edinburgh on 27 October 1775, the son of John Welsh, writer to the signet, and his wife, Primrose Hook, née Gas...

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Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate

Trevor A. Hart.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice; Theology. 2210 words.

Erskine, Thomas, of Linlathen (1788–1870), theologian and advocate, was born in Edinburgh on 13 October 1788, the fifth of seven children born to David Erskine, laird of Linlathen, writer...

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Ross, David (1728–1790), actor and theatre manager

Roger Savage.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre. 1687 words.

Ross, David (1728–1790), actor and theatre manager, was born on 1 May 1728 in London, the son of Alexander Ross (d. 1753), who had been a writer to the signet in Edinburgh but in 1722 moved...

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Tait, William (1793–1864), bookseller and publisher

Pam Perkins.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Manufacturing; History of Manufacturing and Construction; Publishing. 504 words.

Tait, William (1793–1864), bookseller and publisher, was born at Edinburgh on 11 May 1793, the son of James Tait, a builder. He studied at Edinburgh University but did not graduate. He was...

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Drummond, Thomas (1797–1840), administrator in Ireland and military engineer

Stanley H. Palmer.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: US Politics; US Colonial and Revolutionary History; Colonialism and Imperialism; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 4165 words.

Drummond, Thomas (1797–1840), administrator in Ireland and military engineer, was born in Castle Street, Edinburgh, on 10 October 1797. His father, James Drummond (1764/5–1800), a member of...

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Russell, Alexander (1714–1768), physician and naturalist

G. S. Boulger.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Natural History; Medicine and Health. 692 words.

Russell, Alexander (1714–1768), physician and naturalist, was born in Edinburgh on 8 September 1714, the third son of John Russell of Braidshaw, Edinburghshire, writer to the signet, and...

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