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writer to the Signet

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In Scotland, a senior solicitor conducting cases in the Court of Session; originally a clerk in the Secretary of State's office who prepared writs for the Signet.

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Preston, William (1742–1818), printer and writer

H. R. Tedder.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Publishing. 676 words.

Preston, William (1742–1818), printer and writer, was born on 28 July 1742 in Edinburgh, the second son of William Preston (d. 1751), writer to the signet, and Helena, née Cumming, of...

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MacGillivray, William

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Publishing. 166 words.

Born 1823; e s of Alexander MacGillivray of Stonehaven; m 1868, Margaret Dods, Musselburgh; three s; died 23 Nov. 1917

JP; Writer to the Signet since ...

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Haldane, Sir William Stowell

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Publishing. 86 words.

Kt, 1912; Writer to the Signet; BL Edin

Born Edinburgh, 1864; y s of Robert Haldane of Cloanden, WS, and Mary Elizabeth Burdon Sanderson; m 1892...

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Dickson, Lt-Col Maurice Rhynd

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Publishing; Law; Criminology and Criminal Justice. 105 words.

DSO 1918

Born 2 Jan. 1882; s of John Farquhar Dickson and Ann Macdonald; m 1910; three d; died 10 Jan. 1940

Writer to the Signet; Partner of J. & W....

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Edmond, John Philip

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Education; Literature; Publishing. 102 words.

Born 28 July 1850; e s of J. Edmond, bookbinder, Aberdeen; m 1872, Barbara Janet, y d of William Sinclair, wholesale druggist; one s three d; died 30 Jan. 1906

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Blair, Lt-Col Alexander Stevenson

in Who Was Who

P ublished online December 2007 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Literature; Publishing; Military History; Warfare and Defence. 179 words.

CMG 1916; CBE 1933; TD; DL; JP; Writer to the Signet, Edinburgh; BA (Oxon)

Born 3 June 1865; e s of late Patrick Blair, Advocate, Sheriff-Substitute of...

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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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