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Roxburghshire - Famous People

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Famous People Connected to Roxburghshire

Historic County

Image right - James Thomson (170 –1748) Scottish poet and playwright

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Thomas Aird (1802-76), poet.
  • John Armstrong (1709-79), physician and poet;


  • Robert Balmer (1787-1844), divine
  • James Bell (1769- 1833), weaver and editor of geographical works;
  • James Brown (1709-88), linguist and traveller, and author of a Persian grammar and dictionary; Robert Riccaltoun (d. 1765), divine;


  • Alexander Cairncross of Cumbesley (d. 1701), Archbishop of Glasgow;
  • John Clark (1744-1805), surgeon;


  • Robert Davidson (d. 1855), poet
  • James Moffat Douglas (May 26, 1839 – August 19, 1920) was a member of the Canadian Parliament 1896-1904 farmer, missionary and politician from western Canada. The son of John and Euphemia (Moffat) Douglas, he was born and received his early education in Linton, Bankhead, Roxburghshire in Scotland, and came with his parents to settle on a small farm near Cambray, Ontario, in 1851.
  • Mark Duncan, Principal of Saumur University (d. 1648)


  • Robert Edmonstone (1794-1834), painter;
  • Sir Gilbert Elliot (1722-77), born at Minto, Roxburghshire, and was a Scottish statesman, philosopher and poet.
  • Jane Elliot (1727-1805), Gilbert's sister, who wrote the Flowers of the Forest;




  • Robert Hall (1 763-1824), surgeon;




  • Robert Kerr (1755 – 11 October 1813) was a scientific writer and translator from Scotland.


  • John Leyden (1775-1811), poet





  • Thomas Pringle (1789-1834), poet;



  • John Rutherford (d. 1577), scholastic philosopher and author of The Art of Reasoning on Aristotelian Principles;
  • Samuel Rutherford (d. 1661);


  • Andrew Scott (1757-1839) poet
  • Mrs Mary Somerville (1780-1872), of mathematical fame; niece and daughter-in-law of Rev. Dr Thomas Somerville
  • Rev. Dr Thomas Somerville (1741-1830), author of a History of the Reign of Queen Anne;


  • James Telfer (1800-62), author
  • James Thomson (1700-48), the author of The Seasons, etc.;
  • William Turnbull (died 1454), Bishop successively of Dunkeld and Glasgow, and founder in 1451 of Glasgow College
  • William Turnbull (1729-96), London physician; John Buchan (d. 1805), physician, author of the Domestic Medicine;





  • John Younger (d. 1860), prose essayist

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