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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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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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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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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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