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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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Craik, Kenneth James William (1914–1945), psychologist

Graham Richards.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Psychology. 653 words.

Craik, Kenneth James William (1914–1945), psychologist, was born on 29 March 1914 at 10 Trinity Road, Leith, Scotland, the son of James Bowstead Craik, writer to the signet, and his wife,...

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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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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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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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Hector, Sir James (1834–1907), colonial geologist and geological administrator

Alan Mason.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Science and Mathematics; Geology and the Lithosphere. 1113 words.

Hector, Sir James (1834–1907), colonial geologist and geological administrator, was born on 16 March 1834 in Edinburgh, the eldest son of Alexander Hector, lawyer and writer to the signet,...

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Wight, Robert (1796–1872), botanist

Ray Desmond.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Botany. 1268 words.

Wight, Robert (1796–1872), botanist, was born at Milton, Duncra Hill, East Lothian, on 6 July 1796, the twelfth of fourteen children of Alexander Wight, a writer to the signet, and his...

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Grant, Robert Edmond (1793–1874), comparative anatomist and transmutationist

Adrian Desmond.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Biological Sciences; Medicine and Health. 3237 words.

Grant, Robert Edmond (1793–1874), comparative anatomist and transmutationist, was born in Edinburgh on 11 November 1793. He was the seventh son in the family of twelve sons and two...

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Gordon, Lewis Dunbar Brodie (1815–1876), civil engineer and university teacher

Ben Marsden.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building; Education. 2359 words.

Gordon, Lewis Dunbar Brodie (1815–1876), civil engineer and university teacher, was born on 6 March 1815 in Edinburgh, the fourth son of Joseph Gordon (c.1786–1855) of Carroll in...

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Murray, Andrew Dickson (1812–1878), naturalist

J. F. M. Clark.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Natural History. 1567 words.

Murray, Andrew Dickson (1812–1878), naturalist, was born on 19 February 1812 in Edinburgh, the eldest son of William Murray (1793–1848) of Conland, Perthshire, and his wife, Mary Thomson (dnull...

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Pye, Sir David Randall (1886–1960), mechanical engineer and academic administrator

O. A. Saunders.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mechanical Engineering and Materials; Organization and Management of Education. 707 words.

Pye, Sir David Randall (1886–1960), mechanical engineer and academic administrator, was born on 29 April 1886 in Hampstead, London, the sixth of the seven children of William Arthur Pye,...

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Keill, John (1671–1721), mathematician and natural philosopher

John Henry.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Mathematics; Earth Sciences and Geography; Philosophy. 2574 words.

Keill, John (1671–1721), mathematician and natural philosopher, was born in Edinburgh on 1 December 1671, the son of Robert Keill, later a writer to the signet, and his wife, Sarah Cockburn...

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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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Ainslie, John (1745–1828), cartographer and land surveyor

Ian Adams.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Architecture; World History; Geodesy and Surveying for Maps and Charts; Civil Engineering, Surveying, and Building; Cartography. 744 words.

Ainslie, John (1745–1828), cartographer and land surveyor, was born on 22 April 1745 in Jedburgh, the younger son and younger child of John Ainslie, druggist in Jedburgh, writer to the...

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Menelaus, William (1818–1882), engineer and iron and steel manufacturer

John Williams.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Manufacturing; History of Manufacturing and Construction; Engineering (General). 1297 words.

Menelaus, William (1818–1882), engineer and iron and steel manufacturer, was born in East Lothian on 10 March 1818. Little is known about his family background except that his father was a...

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