contraction of Alexander.
Local: from the barony of Sandilands in Lanarkshire. The family
are descended from Sir James Sandilands, temp. David Bruce.
Sir John (1585-1670) of Cupar. Pioneer map maker and scholar.
Michael (c.1175-1234) ofBalwearie. Scholar and mathematician
attached to the Court of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II.
He wrote works on astrology, astronomy and alchemy and became
popular as a magician and sometimes known as the 'Wonderous
Alastair lan (1928-), educ. Glasgow. Professor of Chemistry,
Texas A & M Univ. (1977-). Prof. Univ. of Columbia (1962-65),
Univ. of Sussex (1965-68) and Yale Univ. (1968-77). Elected
Alexander (c. 1525-84) from near Edinburgh. Lyrical poet.
Alexander Whiteford (1904-) of Glasgow. Professor of Chemical
Engineering, Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow (1955-71). Was Hon.
Engineering Consultant to the Min. of Agri., Fisheries and Food
David (1806-49) of Edinburgh. Historical painter. His painting
The Vintager is in the National Gallery. RSA (1829).
Duncan Campbell (1862-1947) born in Canada, son of a Scottish
missionary. Poet and writer of short stories. Known chiefly
as Canada's Poet Laureate. His pieces 'The Forsaken' and 'Half-breed
Girl' are among the most famous in Canadian poetry.
Francis George (1880-1958) of Hawick. Composer described as
probably the most original and substantial composer Scotland
has yet produced. His works include the orchestral suite The
Seven Deadly Sins.
Sir lan Dixon (1909-) of Inverness. Diplomat. First Sec. Foreign
Office (1950-51), Brit. Legation Helsinki (1952), Brit. Embassy,
Beirut (1954-59), Consul-General then Ambassador to the Congo
(1960-61), to Sweden (1961-65) and Norway (1965-68).
John (1784-1821) of Aberdeen. Journalist, author and critic.
Became first editor of the London Magazine in 1820. He was mortally
wounded in a duel in London.
Michael (1789-1835) of Glasgow. Businessman and author. Spent
some time in the West Indies. His Tom Cringle's Log (1829-33)
and The Cruise of the Midge (1834-35) considered among his best
Paul Henderson (1920-) of Edinburgh. Consul-General, Vienna
(1968-) and Milan (1977-).
Sir Robert (1905-) of Peterhead. Minister, Brit. Embassy, Washington
(1953-55). Commissioner-General for UK in SE Asia (1955-59).
Permanent Sec. Min. of Defence (1961-63).
Thomas (1897-1968) of Montrose. Major-General. Chief of Staff
to C in C Ceylon (1944), Director of Manpower, Planning GHQ
India (1944-46) and Deputy Chief of General Staff (B) GHQ, India
Sir Walter (1771-1832) of Edinburgh. Novelist, historian, poet,
antiquarian and sheriff. Prolific writer with famous works too
numerous to mention here.
SCOTT, William Bell (1811-90) of
Edinburgh. Painter, illustrator and poet.
William (1913-) of Greenock. Painter-predominately abstract.
His work is noted for its sensitive handling and colour.
James (1902-) of Dumfriesshire? Major-General (1954). GOC 51st
(H) Division (1952-56).
SCOTT-MONCRIEFF, Sir Colin Campbell
(1836-1916). Scottish engineer and administrator. Played a great
part in Egyptian irrigation.
A skirmisher. The family are descended from Sir Alexander Carron,
temp. Alexander I, who received the name of Scrymgeour, on account
of his activity.
Thomas Bollen (1820-1903) of Prestonpans. Shipbuilder and designer
of steam yachts, ferry vessels, hopper barges, etc.
Alexander (1676-1721) of Largo, Fife. Seafarer, whose story
of his time on Juan Fernandez island where he lived alone for
four years and four months, is supposed to have suggested the
Robinson Crusoe of Defoe.
Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of (1771-1820). Explorer and colonizer.
Settled emigrants from the Scottish Highlands in Prince Edward
Island (1803) and Red River Valley, Manitoba. Became known as
'Selkirk of Red River'.
William Young (1825-90) from near Golspie. Classical scholar.
He made his name widely known by his brilliant Roman Poets of
the Republic (1863) and The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age-
Francis (c.1616-82) of Renfrewshire, son of Robert Sempill (
1595-16650. Poet and author of The Banishment of Povertie.
Robert (c. 1530-95) of Renfrewshire. Author of satirical and
witty ballads such as 'The Legend of a Lymaris Life' and 'Siege
of the Castle of Edinburgh'. He wrote coarsely satirical poems
of life in his time.
Robert (c. 1595-1665) of Renfrewshire. Royalist and poet. Remembered
perhaps for his ballad on the 'Life and Death of Habbie Simson,
piper of Kibarchan' (1640).
SEMPILL, William F. Forbes-Sempill,
19th Baron (1893-1965). Representative Peer of Scotland (1935-68).
Royal Aeronautical Society Chairman (1926-27) and President
(1927-30). Competed in the King's Cup Air Race, 1924, '25, '26,
'27, '28, '29 and '30.
A contraction of St. Paul. The family are descended from Robert
Semple of Ellerston in Renfrewshire, 1250.
Robert. Scottish bank clerk. Went to Canada to be a cow-boy.
Became Canada's most popular poet at the end of the nineteenth
century. His first book of verse Songs of a Sourdough made him
a fortune. 'Dangerous Dan Macgrew' was his creation too.
Local: from the lands of Seton in Haddingtonshire. The family
are descended from Dowgal Seaton, temp. Malcolm Canmore - their
ancient war cry and motto was " Set on."
John Campbell (1819-85) of Houston House, West Lothian. Poet.
Professor of Poetry at Oxford (1877-82).
James (Jimmy) (1908-) of East Wemyss, Fife. World famous Scottish
dance band leader. An entertainer described as having magic
in his fingertips on the accordion.
Bill ('Shanks') (1914-81) of Ayrshire. Footballer and football
club manager extraordinary. Managed Liverpool FC (1959-74).
One of the all-time greats of football.
William (1855-1905) of Paisley. Novelist, art critic and poet.
Settled in London in 1879. Published Earth's Vices in 1884 and
wrote on contemporary English, French and German poets. Under
the pseudonym 'Fiona Macleod' he wrote some fine romances incl.
The Moun-tain Lovers and The Sin Eater (1895) and later The
SHARPE, Charles Kirkpatrick (1781-1851)
of Dumfries. Antiquarian. Contributed two original ballads to
A thicket, a grove. The Highland family of Shaw is a branch
of the clan Mackintosh.
Sir James (1764-1843) of Riccarton, Ayrshire. Was Lord Mayor
of London in 1805.
Richard Norman (1831-1912) of Edinburgh. Architect who had great
influence on late nineteenth century architecture.
Sir James G. (1893-1966) of Dundee. Was President of the Supreme
Court, Asmara, Eritrea, (1953-62).
Moira, of Dunfermline. Actress and ballet dancer. Best remembered
for her part as ballerina in the film The Red Shoes (1948).
Revd Robert H.W. (1888-) Educ. St Andrews and Edinburgh. Missionary
of the UF Church of Scotland to S.Africa (1918), Cape Province
(1920-26), Lovedale Missionary Institution (1927-58) and President
of the Christian Council of South Africa (1956-60).
Dr Alexander of Glasgow. Invented an improved pulsating vacuum
milking machine in 1895.
Patrick (1791-1876) from near Haddington, East Lothian. Farmer
who was a pioneer of cereal hybridizing and produced many varieties
of wheat and oats.
The family are descended from "Dominus Syhaldus, Miles de Mearnis,"
temp. William the Lion; his posterity, " Walterus filius Sybaldi,"
Mathseus Sybald, and others are frequently mentioned as witnesses
to the Royal Charters. The motto of the family is " Sae bauld."
Sir Robert (1641-1722) of Edinburgh. Naturalist and physician.
Spent much time on botany and zoology. Was virtual founder of
the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh and became Scottish
Alastair (1900-1976) of Edinburgh. Actor and producer. Played
leading roles in many popular films and on TV. His best screen
perfor-mances incl. Waterloo Road, The Happiest Days of Your
Life, Green for Danger, Laughter in Paradise and The Belles
of St Trinians.
Keith Willison (1912-) of Lanarkshire. Diplomat and Artist.
Financial Sec. Nyasaland (1951-57) and Chief Secretary Aden
(1957-63). Exhibited a number of paintings in several academies.
The son of Sim, or Simon. Some of the families of Simson are
descended from the Frazers.
Robert (1687-1764) of Kirktonhall, Ayrshire. Mathematician.
His great work was his restoration of Euclid's lost treatise
on Porisms (1776). His publication The Elements of Euclid (1756)
was for a long time the standard text of Euclid in Britain.
Alfred H. (Mr Justice Simpson) (1914-) of Dundee. Appointed
Puisne Judge, High Court of Kenya in 1967.
William (Bill) (1931-) of Ayr. Actor. Became popular as Dr Finlay
in the BBC TV and Radio series Dr Finlay's Casebook.
Sir George (1792-1860) Scottish Canadian explorer and administrator
(1821-56) of Hudson's Bay Co. and its territory. Made an overland
journey around the world in 1828. Simpson's Falls and Cape George
Simpson are named after him.
Sir James (1792-1868) of Roxburghshire. Soldier and General
who served with distinction under Wellington.
Sir James F. (1874-1967), educ. Falkirk and Glasgow. Chairman,
Chamber of Commerce, Madras (1920-22). Sometime Governor of
the Imperial Bank of India, and Consul for Norway at Madras.
James. A Scotsman who in 1829 installed the first known water
purification system-a method of slow filteration on sand beds.
Sir James Young (1811-70) of Bathgate. Obstetrician and Professor
of Midwifery. Discovered Chloroform in 1847, having experimented
on himself. Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland (1847).
Thomas (1808-40) of Dingwall. Explorer in the Canadian Arctic.
Simpson Strait bears his name.
SIMPSON, William (1823-99) of Glasgow.
Became the first war-artist correspondent during the Crimean
war. Was known as 'Crimean Simpson', and was regarded as one
of the most famous artist-correspondents in history.
SIMPSON, William Douglas (1896-1968)
of Aberdeen. Librarian and archaeologist. Directed excavations
at many old castles between 1919 and 1935 including Kildrummy,
Kindrochit, Esslemont and Finavon.
A corruption of St. Clare. The family are descended from Walderness
Compte de Saint Clare, who came into England with William the
Conqueror; his son, William de Sancto Claro, settled in Scotland,
where he obtained from Alexander I, a grant of the Barony of
Allan F. W. (1900-) of Edinburgh. Journalist and publicist.
Editor of the Sunday Graphic (1831-36) and Daily Sketch (1936-39).
Sometime Director, British Information Services, Middle East.
Specialist Radio Photographic Adviser, India and Ceylon (1945).
Joined the Daily Herald in 1946 and later the Sun.
Sir Archibald Henry MacDonald, 1st Viscount Thurso of Ulbster
(1890-1970) Leader of the Liberal Party (1935-45), Sec. of State
for Air in the Churchill Administration (1940-45).
Daniel (Dane) (1852-1930) of Thrumster, Caithness. Telephone
engineer and inventor of the automatic telephone exchange. He
was also the inventor of the hollow tube solder containing fluxite.
He was regarded as one of the leading telephone engineers of
Hugh Macdonald (1910-) of Edinburgh. Fellow and lecturer in
Physiology and Biochemistry, Magdalen Coll., Oxford (1937-).
Produced many publications on nutrition and metabolism. Director,
International Institute of Human Nutrition (1972-).
James, 14th Earl of Caithness (1824-81). Patented many ingenious
inventions, including a loom, steam carriage and gravitating
John (Lord Pentland) 1st Baron (1866-1925) of Edinburgh. Governor
of Madras (1912-19). Secretary for Scotland (1905-12).
Sir John of Ulbster (1754-1835) of Thurso. Politician and agriculturist.
Founded the Board of Agriculture in 1793. Compiled the First
Statistical Account of Scotland (1791-99). Was undoubtedly one
of the most energetic and enterprising Scotsman who has ever
Patrick (1736-1820) of Lybster, Caithness. General and soldier
of fortune. Served with distinction in many campaigns in North
Robert J., 1st Baron of Cleeve (1893-) educ. Glasgow and Oxford.
President, Imperial Tobacco Co. Ltd. (1959-), (Chair-man 1947-59).
Director-General of Army Requirements, War Office (1939-42).
Some derive their names as well as their arms from some considerable
action, and thus a son of Struan Robertson, for killing a wolf
in Stocket forest in Athole, in the king's presence, with a
dirk, received the name of Skene, which signifies a dirk, and
three dirks points in pale, for his arms.
William Forbes (1809-92) of Inverie, Knoydart. Historian and
biographer. His chief works, The Highlanders of Scotland, their
Origin, History and Antiquities (1837), and Celtic Scotland,
a History of An-cient Alban (1876-80). He was a close friend
of Scott. Became Scottish Historiographer Royal in 1881.
James Scott (1843-1927) of Banchory. Violinist, known as the
John (1721-1807) of Birse, Aberdeenshire. Historian and songwriter.
Wrote the Ecclesiastical History of Scotland (1788) and several
songs of which 'The Ewie wi' the Crookit Horn' and Tulloch-gorum'
were the best known.
Mary (1849-1915) of Dundee. Missionary in Calabar, Africa for
Sir Tennant, (1884-) of Glasgow. Was Joint Sec. Home Dept.,
Govt. of India (1932-36). Adviser to the Governor, United Provinces
James of Berwickshire. Carpenter and ploughwright. Produced
an improved swing plough in 1765 to replace the old Scotch plough
of Jas. Anderson of Hermiston. It was the first attempt to design
a plough on a scientific basis. He did not patent his plough,
and died a poor man.
John (1724-92), born near Leeds, a descendant of an old Perthshire
family named Smeton. Civil engineer, builder of bridges, canals
and lighthouses. His Eddystone light revolutionised lighthouse
William (1697-1763) of Lanark. Obstetrician. He laid down safe
rules on the use of forceps and introduced several types.
William (1740-95) of Edinburgh. Scientist and printer. One of
his first great literary undertakings was the first edition
of the Encyclopaedia Britannica-entire\y planned and compiled
Samuel (1812-1904) of Haddington. Author, social reformer and
physician. Became a surgeon in Leeds and editor of the Leeds
Times, and in 1854, Secretary of the SE Railway.
A worker in metals. The name is written Smyth, and Smythe. Some
of the families of Smith are descended from Neil Cromb, third
son of Murdoch, Chief of Clan Chattan, temp. William the Lion.
Adam (1723-90) of Kirkcaldy. Political economist and philosopher.
Wrote The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Regarded as the 'father'
of the science of Political Economy.
Alexander (1829-67) of Kilmarnock. Poet, novelist and pattern
designer. His first and very popular publication A Life Drama
(1853) was followed by City Poems (1857) and Edwin of Deira
Sir George (1856-1942) Calcutta-born Scot. Biblical scholar
and minister. Chaplain to the King (1933-42). His writings include
Historical Geography of the Holy Land (1894), The Twelve Prophets
(1896-1897), Jerusalem (1907) and The Early Poetry of Israel
lain Crichton, born 1928 in Lewis. Poet and novelist in English
and Gaelic. His novels incl. Consider the Lilies (1968) and
The Last Summer (1969)
James (1789-1850) of Deanston, Perthshire. Agricultural Engineer
and Philanthropist. The inventor of 'Thorough Drainage' by means
of a subsoil plough (1823). He had also been the inventor of
a rotary reaping machine in 1811.
James D. M. (1895-1969) educ. Aberdeen. Financial Sec. Singapore
(1947-51), UN Tech. Asst. Administrator, Nicaragua (1953-55),
Brazil (1957-58) and Venezuela (1959-61).
Norman Kemp (1872-1958) of Dundee. Philosopher and Professor
of Psychology (1906) and of Philosophy (1914) at Princeton,
USA. Was notable for his remarkable Studies (1902), New Studies
(1952) and selected translations of Descartes philosophical
Robert A. (1909-) of Kelso. Professor of Physics, Sheffield
Univ. (1961-62). First Director, Centre of Materials Science
and Engineering, Mass. Inst. of Technology (1962-69).
Sydney Goodsir (1915-75) Scottish poet and critic born in Wellington,
New Zealand. His main themes are love and nationalism. Poems
incl. 'So Late into the Night' (1952), 'Figs and Thistles' (1959),
'Cokkels' (1954) and 'Under the Elder Tree' (1948).
Walter Chalmers (1842-1908) of Aberdeen. Poet who attained a
considerable reputation. He was also a minister of the Free
Church of Scotland. His works included The Bishop's Walk' (1861)
and 'A Heretic' (1890).
Sir William Alexander (1854-1914) of Pennyland, Thurso. Founder
in 1883 of the Boy's Brigade.
William Robertson (1846-94) of Keig, Aberdeenshire. Theologian
and Orientalist. In 1883 he became Lord Almoner's Prof. of Arabic
at Cambridge, and in 1886 University Librarian and Adam's Prof.
of Arabic in 1889. In 1887 he became chief editor of the Encyclopaedia
Tobias George (1721-71) of Cardross, Dunbartonshire. Novelist
and surgeon. Sailed as a surgeon's mate on the expedition to
Carthagena (1741). Practised in London as a surgeon. His literary
work had mixed reception, and he was nicknamed 'Smelfungus'
John (1629-79) of Ayrshire. Philanthropist. Founder of the Snell
exhibition at Balliol Coll., Oxford.
Trimmed or smooth grass.
family are descended from Sir Walter de Somerville, who came
into England with Wil liam the Conqueror; his son, William de
Somerville, settled in Scotland.
nee Fairfax, Mary (1780-1872) of Jedburgh. Mathematician and
scientific writer. Wrote Celestial Mechanism in 1830. Somerville
College Oxford is named after her.
William (1898-1943) of Perth. Poet. His best works included
'In the times of Tyrants' (1939) and The Expectant Silence (1943).
His collection Seeds in the Wind (1933) and Poems in Scots (1935)
gave him a place in Scottish literature. He was bedridden for
the last 14 years of his life from a form of paralysis.
John (c. 1609-70) of Aberdeen. Diarist, royalist and Com-missary
clerk after whom was named a book club (1839-70).
Muriel (1918-) of Edinburgh. Novelist and poet. Her works included
The Comforters (1957), The Prime of Jean Brodie (1961) and Mendelbaum
Sir Basil Unwin (1907-76) born in India of Scottish parents.
Professor of Architecture, Royal Academy. Designed the new Coventry
Cathedral (1951) and many other outstanding architectural masterpieces.
SPENCE, James Lewis Thomas Chalmers
(1874-1955) of Broughty-Ferry. Anthropologist, author, poet
and editor. An authority on the mythology and customs of ancient
Mexico, South America and the Middle East as well as Celtic
Britain's. His The Gods of Mexico (1923) is a standard work.
The family are descended from "William de Spens of Lathallan
in Fifeshire, 1392, who married Isabel, daughter and heiress
of Duncan Campbell of Glen Douglas, in commemoration of which
the family quarter the Campbell arms of gyronny of eight or
John (1565-1639) of Midcalder. Prelate and his-torian. Sometime
Archbishop of Glasgow and St Andrews, and in 1635 Lord Chancellor
of Scotland. His publications include History of the Church
of Scotland (1635).
Local: from the Barony of Spottiswoode in Berwickshire. The
family are descended from Robert de Spottiswoode, temp. Alexander
Spottiswoode, Alicia Ann (Lady John Scott), (1810-1900) of Lauder.
Poetess, composer and author. Became known for her Scottish
songs 'Durisdeer' and others. She wrote 'Annie Laurie' and composed
James Dalrymple, 1st Viscount (1619-95) of Ayrshire. President
of the Court of Session and member of the Privy Council (1670-).
Sir John Dalrymple, 1st Earl of (1648-1707) son of above. Judge
and politician. Was Lord Advocate under William III and as Sec.
of State from 1691 had chief management of Scottish affairs.
John Dalrymple (1673-1747) of Edinburgh. Soldier. Was aide-de-camp
to Marlborough in 1703. Distinguished himself at Oudenarde (1708)
and Malplaquet. Became a General in 1712 and a Field-Marshal
Arthur (c. 1734-1818) of Thurso. Soldier and General. As a Lieutenant
under General Wolfe he carried the colours on the Plains of
Abraham. Sometime adviser to General Washington. Was elected
President of Congress and Government of North West Territories.
STEEL, David Martin Scott (1938-)
of Buckhaven, Fife. Journalist, broadcaster and politician.
Was leader of the Liberal Party from 1976 to 1987.
Sir John (1804-91) of Aberdeen. Sculptor. His best work, the
equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington (1832) and that
of Prince Albert (1876) in Edinburgh.
from the town of Stein in the Isle of Skye.
Robert A. (1907-) educ. Aberdeen. Major-General (1961), Director
of Army Surgery and Consulting Surgeon to the Army, RAMC College
Joseph Rayner (1805-79) of Edinburgh. Social reformer. Made
his name as a factory reformer. He was imprisoned for his struggle
for the Ten Hours Act (1847).
John (1806-44) of Kames Castle, Bute. Writer and noted contributor
to The Times. In 1838 he founded the Sterling Club, among whose
members were Carlyle, Alien Cunningham, Tennyson and Venables.
Dorothy Emily (1892-1973) of Edinburgh, cousin of R. L. Stevenson.
Author of novels and children's verse. Her best known novels
incl. Mrs Tim of the Regiment (1932) and several other Mrs Tim
STEVENSON, Robert (1772-1850) of
Glasgow. Builder of Lighthouses (incl. Bellrock). Invented the
flashing system. He built 23 Scottish light-houses, and was
also a consulting engineer for roads, bridges, canals, harbours
and railways. He was the grandfather of R. L. Stevenson.
STEVENSON, Robert Louis Balfour
(1850-94) of Edinburgh. Novelist and poet. His romantic thriller
Treasure Island (1883) was his most famous. Kidnapped (1886),
The Master of Ballantrae (1889), Catrina (1893) and many others
were and still are very popular.
STEVENSON, Robert S. (1889-1967)
of Edinburgh. Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, Colonial
Hosp., Gibraltar (1954-). Lecturer in Chicago (1948), Toronto
(1952), Bristol (1955), London (1956), Philadelphia (1957) and
Yale Univ. (1958).
Thomas (1818-87) of Edinburgh. Constructor of light-houses,
with his father Robert and brother David. Lighting methods was
his particular interest. He invented the Thermometer Screen
which carries his name.
Banquo, Thane of Lochabyr, was Steward to Duncan I; the descendants
of his grandson, Walter, who was created by Malcolm Canmore,
Lord High Steward of Scotland, assumed the surname of Stewart
Alexander B. (1908-) educ. Broughty-Ferry. Physician. Became
Medical Adviser to the Greater London Council in 1965.
Alexander D. (1883-1969) of Blairgowrie. Sometime Director of
All India Institute of Hygiene, Calcutta.
Alfred (1880-1947) of Glasgow. Scientist and writer of detective
stories. Sometime Professor of Chemistry at Queen's Coll., Belfast.
His stories incl. Murder in the Maze, The Case with Nine Solutions
and The Boat House Riddle.
Andy (1933-) of Glasgow. Composer, comedian and broadcaster.
Became popular as host on TV's show The White Heather Club.
His recording of 'A Scottish Soldier' sold about half a million
Dugald (1753-1828) of Edinburgh. Scholar and philosopher. Professor
of Moral Philosophy. His works incl. Elements of the Philosophy
of the Human Mind (3 vols. 1792-1817), and View of the Active
and Moral Powers of Man (1828).
Francis Teresa, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox (1647-1702),
daughter of Lord Blantyre. Described by Pepys as the greatest
beauty he ever saw in his life. She posed for the effigy of
Britannia on the coinage.
Sir Houston (1791-1895) of Ardgowan. Appointed Admiral of the
Fleet in 1872.
Sir lain (1916-) of Glasgow. Directorships in Beaverbrook Newspapers
Ltd., BEA, Eagle Star Ins. Co. Ltd., Royal Bank of Scot-land
Ltd., Lyie Shipping Co. Ltd. and British Caledonian Airline.
He resigned BEA in 1974.
James (Changed his name to Stewart Granger) (1913-) born in
London, son of a Scottish army major, James Stewart. Actor.
Achieved worldwide fame by his many starring roles in films
such as The Man in Gray, Madonna of the Seven Moons, Waterloo
Road, Saraband for Dead Lovers, Adam and Evelyn, Young Bess,
The Prisoner of Zenda, Beau Brummell, Bhowani Junction and Harry
Black and the Tiger.
John Innes Mackintosh, born 1906 near Edinburgh. Scholar and
detective story writer. Appointed in 1935 to the Chair of English
at Adelaide University. His detective stories were written under
the pseudonym 'Michael Innes' and the most successful included
Seven Suspects (1936), Lament for a Maker (1939), A Comedy of
Errors (1940) and The Man from the Sea (1955).
John (Jackie) Young, born 1939 at Milton, Dunbarton-shire. Grand
Prix motor racing driver. World champion 1969, '71 and '73.
Runner up 1972. Retired from motor racing in 1973.
Roderick (Rod) David (1945-) born in London of Scottish parents.
Super star entertainer and the most enduring of 'Pop' stars.
Sir William (1774-1827) of Galloway. Soldier, became Lieut.-
General and served with distinction under Wellington.
William Ross (1889-1966) of Edinburgh. Major-General. Surgeon
to the Viceroy of India (1933-36). Deputy Director Medical Services,
Ceylon Command HQ (1942-44) and to North Command, India (1945-46).
Local: from the town of Stirling in Stirlingshire. Sir John
Stirling of Glorat, was armor bearer to James I.
James Hutchison (1820-1909) of Glasgow. Idealist, philosopher
and lecturer. His Secret of Hegel (1865) introduced that Philosopher's
system into Britain and was a masterly exposition.
Dr Robert (1790-1878) ofMethven, Perthshire. Invented a type
of gas-sealed internal combustion engine in 1817. Currently
being re-examined by engineers in Britain, Holland and America
in connection with the development of a low pollution engine.
William (1851-1932) of Grangemouth. Professor of Physiology
and History, Victoria Univ., Manchester. Sometime Professor
of Physiology, Royal Institute of London.
John E. (1875-1936) of Stirlingshire. Admiral. Served in China
during the Boxer Rising (1900). Admiral Superinten-dent Chatham
Sir William (1818-78) of Glasgow. Historical writer, critic
and virtuoso. Was the first British collector to buy Spanish
paintings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
A young ox.
Sir Robert, (1844-1930) of Shetland Isles. Member of Legisla-tive
Council of New Zealand (1926-30). Chief Justice of New Zealand
David (1793-1864) of Paisley. Pioneer of coeducation. Advo-cated
the mixing of sexes and the abolition of prizes and corporal
punishment in schools.
Local: from the parish of Strachan in Kincardineshire. The family
are descended from Walderus de Strathecan, 1165.
Douglas (1875-1950) of Aberdeen. Artist. Political car-toonist
for the Manchester Chronicle (1895-97). He designed the win-dows
for the shrine of the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.
Goldsmith's Window in St Paul's Cathedral was also by him.
Strachan, John (1778-1867) of Aberdeen. Minister, became the
first Bishop of Toronto in 1839.
Local: from the parish of Straiton in Ayrshire.
William (1859-1921). Painter and illustrator. Was an etcher
of world class.
or Strang, Sir Robert (1721-92) of Kirkwall, Orkney. Line engraver
with a European reputation. He was made a member of the Academies
of Rome, Paris, Florence, Bologna and Palma (1760-65).
Sir William born 1909, educ. Glasgow. Sometime Chairman British
Aluminium Co. Ltd., and several other Companies. Served in the
Min. of Aircraft Production, Min. of Supply, and the Treasury
(1940-55). Member of Atomic Energy Auth. (1955-59) and Permanent
Sec. Min of Aviation (1959-69).
(William Eraser) 1st Baron of Pumpherston (1888-1970). Chairman
of British Petroleum Co. Ltd. (1941-56), Director Burmah Oil
Co. Ltd., and National Provincial Bank Ltd., etc.
(Thomas D. Galbraith) 1st Baron of Barskimming, born 1891. Under-Sec,
of State for Scotland (1945 and 1951-55). Chairman North of
Scotland Hydro-Elect. Bd. (1959-).
(Donald Alexander Smith) 1st Baron (1820-1914) of Morayshire.
Canadian Statesman. Chief promoter of the Canadian Pacific Railway
(1885). High Commissioner for Canada in London (1896).
STRATHNAIRN, (Hugh Rose) 1st Baron
(1801-85), born in Berlin, soldier son of Scottish Diplomat,
Sir George Rose. He virtually reconquered central India, and
succeeded Lord Clyde as Commander in Chief, India (1860-65).
He held the same post in Ireland (1865-70).
A man of discernment.
Sir Alexander (1825-86) of Edinburgh. Premier of New South Wales,
Charles Edward Louis Philip Casimir (1720-88) known as the 'Young
Pretender' and 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'. In 1745 he defeated
the English under Cope, at Prestonpans, invaded England and
marched as far south as Derby, but was later overwhelmed at
Culloden by the Duke of Cumberland.
John, 3rd Earl of Bute (1713-92). First Scottish Prime Minister
of Great Britain (1762-63).
John McDougall (1815-66) of Dysart, Fife. Engineer, surveyor
and explorer in central Australia. Made six expeditions into
the interior (1858-62). With Wm. Landsborough were the first
to cross Australia from south to north. Mount Stuart is named
from the county of Sutherland. The family are descended from
Allan, Thane of Sutherland, temp. Malcolm Canmore.
Alexander (1852-1902) of Glasgow. Australian journalist. Mathematical
master in the Scotch College Melbourne (1875-77) and Principal
of Carlton Coll., Melbourne (1877-92).
Donald (1835-1919) of Wick, Caithness. Known as 'The Hermit
of Milford Sound' in New Zealand. Discovered Sutherland Falls
(one of the world's highest) which bears his name at Milford
Sound. Sometime served in Italy with the forces of Garibaldi.
George A. (1891-1970) of New Deer, Aberdeenshire. Physicist.
Principal of Dalton Hall, Univ. of Manchester (1924-58). Lecturer
on Physics in London and South Africa.
Sir Gordon, born 1907 in Watten, Caithness. Profes-sor of Physics
at Univ. Coll., Michigan (1949-55). Master of Emmanuel Coll.
Cambridge from 1964.
Sir lain (1925-86) son of a Wick-born artist. Diplomat. British
Ambassador in Moscow (1982-85). His previous postings included
Belgrade, Havana, Washington, Djakarta and Greece.
James (1849-1905) born in Canada, son of Alexr. Sutherland of
Caithness. Became Minister of Public Works in Canada.
John (1808-91) of Edinburgh. Promoter of sanitary science. Was
sent to Crimea in 1855 to investigate the sanitary conditions
of British soldiers.
Sir Thomas (1834-1922) of Aberdeen. Retired in 1914 as Chairman
P & 0 Steam Navigation Co. and of the London Board of Suez Canal
Co. Sometime Director of the London City and Midland Bank and
Chairman, Marine and General Assurance Society.
Annie Shepherd (Mrs D. C. Burnett) (1860-1943) from near Gorebridge.
Novelist. Wrote Aldersyde (1883) and a great number of popular
Sir James (1858-1958) of Inverness. Electrical en-gineer. Took
out over 100 patents during his lifetime. Was an accomplished
musician and set two of Tennyson's poems to music. Elected Fellow
of the Royal Society.
from the Barony of Swinton in Berwickshire. The family are descended
from Edulph de Swinton, 1060.
Alan Campbell. Scottish electrical engineer. In 1908 he suggested
an electronic television system in an article in the scientific
journal Nature. He proposed that the cathode-ray tube could
be used not only as a receiver, it could also be used to transmit
The son of Symon, or Simon. The Gaelic words sema and syma,
signify a peacemaker. The word syme or sime, in old Norman French,
signifies sixth. The first of the name found on record is Syme
of Spalding, also called Peter Spalding, who married a cousin
of the Earl of Dunbar, and was a Burgess and also Governor of
Berwick, which town he delivered by stratagem from the English
to the Scots in 1318.
David (1827-1908) of North Berwick. Became an Australian newspaper
proprietor and economist.
James (1799-1870) of Edinburgh. Famous surgeon in his day. Professor
Clinical Surgery, wrote on pathology, stricture, fistula, incised
wounds, etc. Discovered a method of dissolving rubber to produce
a water-proofing solution. He did not patent the discovery which
was later taken up by Charles Mackintosh in the manufacture
of waterproof fabrics.
Local: from the parish of Symington in Ayrshire. Originally
called Symonstoun, from Simon Lockhart, who held the lands under
Walter the first Steward.
William (1763-1831) of Leadhills. Millwright and inventor. Built
one of the first steamboats in 1788. It had two paddle wheels
in the middle of the deck. He was the inventor of a horizontal
double-acting steam engine which he patented and fitted in the
tug Charlotte Dundas in 1801. Unfortunately he died in poverty
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