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Abercromby, George, 1770 – 1843, 2nd Baron Abercromby, politician

  • P0043
  • Person
  • 1770 – 1843

George Abercromby, 2nd Baron Abercromby (14 October 1770 – 15 February 1843) was a Scottish lawyer, politician and peer. The eldest son of Lt.-Gen. Sir Ralph Abercromby and Mary Abercromby, 1st Baroness Abercromby, he became, like his grandfather, a lawyer, and was called to the Bar in 1794. On his death in 1843 he was succeeded in the barony by his son.

Albert, 1819 – 1861, Prince Consort of Queen Victoria

  • P0113
  • Person
  • 1819 – 1861

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel;[1] 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe's ruling monarchs, at the age of twenty Albert married his cousin, Victoria; they had nine children. Initially he felt constrained by his role of prince consort, which did not afford him power or responsibilities. He gradually developed a reputation for supporting public causes, such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide, and was entrusted with running the Queen's household, office and estates. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success.

Victoria came to depend more and more on Albert's support and guidance. He aided the development of Britain's constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament—although he actively disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston's tenure as Foreign Secretary.

Albert died at the relatively young age of 42. Victoria was so devastated at the loss of her husband that she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life. On her death in 1901, their eldest son succeeded as Edward VII, the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged.

Alexander III, 1241 – 1286, King of Scotland

  • P0133
  • Person
  • 1241 – 1286

Alexander III (Medieval Gaelic: Alaxandair mac Alaxandair; Modern Gaelic: Alasdair mac Alasdair) (4 September 1241 – 19 March 1286) was King of Scots from 1249 until his death. He concluded the Treaty of Perth, by which Scotland acquired sovereignty over the Western Isles and the Isle of Man. His heir, Margaret, Maid of Norway, died before she could be crowned.

Bannatyne, Sir William Macleod, 1743 – 1833, Knight, judge

  • P0122
  • Person
  • 1743 – 1833

Sir William Macleod Bannatyne, Lord Bannatyne FRSE (26 January 1743 – 30 November 1833) was a distinguished Scottish advocate, judge, antiquarian and historian.

The son of Mr. Roderick Macleod, writer to the signet and Isabel (fl. 1736–1744), daughter of Hector Bannatyne of Kames. He received a liberal education, including a period at the High School of Edinburgh (1755-6), and was admitted advocate, 22 January 1765. He was appointed Sheriff of Bute in 1776. On the death of Lord Swinton, in 1799, he was promoted to the bench, and took his seat as Lord Bannatyne.

Among his intimate friends were Henry Mackenzie, Robert Cullen, William Craig, Hugh Blair, Erskine and Alexander Abercromby. He was a member of the Mirror Club and Lounger Club, at the end of the eighteenth century.

In 1784 he was a co-founder of the Highland Society.

He assumed the name of Bannatyne when he succeeded, through his mother to the estate of Kames in the Isle of Bute. He extended Kames Castle by the addition of a fine mansion house in the early eighteenth century. He sold the Kames estate in 1812 to James Hamilton, and moved to Edinburgh.

He retired in 1823, when he was knighted. He died at his home, Whitefoord House on the Canongate section of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh in 1833. He is buried in Greyfriars Kirkyard in the centre of Edinburgh.

He collected a library of historical, genealogical, and antiquarian works, and at its sale in 1834, a set of the Bannatyne publications was purchased for Sir John Hay, Baronet of Smithfield and Haystown, for one hundred and sixty-eight pounds sterling.

Bayne , John, fl 1667 – 1705, Sheriff-Clerk of Fife

  • P0051
  • Person
  • fl 1667 – 1705

Baptised at Cupar on 20 May 1667 and succeeded his father as Sheriff Clerk of Fife, He acquired the lands of Logie c, 1692 and married on 29 March 1684 to Cecil Gibson.

Bayne, Alexander, fl 1685 – 1737, Professor of Scots Law

  • P0052
  • Person
  • fl 1685 – 1737

Alexander Bayne of Rires, Fife, was admitted as an Advocate on 10 July 1714. In January 1722 he was appointed Curator of the Advocates' Library, and in November 1722 he was elected as the first occupant of the Chair of Scots Law at Edinburgh University although he had been engaged in lecturing privately on the law of Scotland before he was made Professor. His publications include an edition of Sir Thomas Hope's Minor practicks (1726) to which was appended the Discourse on the rise and progress of the law of Scotland and the method of studying it, and Institutions of the criminal law of Scotland (1730). Professor Alexander Bayne died in June 1737. One of his daughters became the first wife of Allan Ramsay (1713-1784) the painter.

Bradford, Sir Thomas, 1777 – 1853, Knight General

  • P0016
  • Person
  • 1777 – 1853

Lieutenant-general Sir Thomas Bradford GCB GCH was a British Army officer.

Bradford was commissioned as an ensign in the 4th (The King's Own) Regiment of Foot in October 1793 without purchase. He took part in the suppression of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the Buenos Aires Expedition of 1806 as well as the battle of Vimeiro in 1808, battle of Corunna in 1809 and battle of Salamanca in 1812 during the Peninsular War. He commanded a Portuguese division at the Battle of Vitoria, the Battle of San Sebastian and the Battle of the Nive, all in 1813. For his service in the Peninsular he was awarded the Gold Medal with one clasp.

He became General Officer Commanding the 7th Division of the Army of Occupation in France in 1815, Commander-in-Chief, Scotland in 1819 and Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army from 1825 to 1829.

He was then Colonel of the 94th Regiment of Foot (1823–29) and, after returning to England, Colonel of the 30th Regiment of Foot (1829–46).

He exchanged the Colonelcy of the 38th Foot for that of the 4th (The King's Own) Regiment of Foot in 1846, a position he held until his death in 1853.

Brown, Cecilia, fl 1717 – 1724

  • P0054
  • Person
  • fl 1717 – 1724

Brother is Alexander Bayne. Daughter of John Bayne. Married William Gibson in 1724.

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