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  • Major Gen. Arthur St. Clair (1737 - 1818)
    General Arthur St. Clair (23 March 1734/1736 - 31 August 1818), born in Scotland, believed himself more an American than a British subject by the mid 1770s and became not only a commissioned officer in...

Famous People Connected to Caithness

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Image right - Arthur St. Clair (March 23, 1737– August 31, 1818)

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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  • Alexander Bain (October 1811 – 2 January 1877) was a Scottish inventor and engineer who was first to invent and patent the electric clock. Bain installed the railway telegraph lines between Edinburgh and Glasgow. Born Watten.
  • James Bremner , Wreck Raiser. Born in Keiss 1784. He raised the SS Great Britain in 1874.

and many other ships

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  • Donald Campbell, author, born in Caithness 1940 wrote The Jesuit and The Widows of Clyth and others.

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  • Neil Miller Gunn (8 November 1891 – 15 January 1973) was a prolific novelist, critic, and dramatist who emerged as one of the leading lights of the Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. With over twenty novels to his credit, Gunn was arguably the most influential Scottish fiction writer of the first half of the 20th century

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  • Christina Keith, author, born Thurso. Wrote The Russet Coat, a study of Burns' Poetry

and several other books.

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  • Arthur St. Clair was the only foreign born President of the Continental Congress, the 15th 2nd to the last from February 2, 1787 to January 21, 1788.
  • Sir John Sinclair who had the Old Statistical Account of Scotland compiled.
  • Sir William Smith Boy's Brigade founder.

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  • Robert Dick Thurso Geologist

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  • Alexander Bain Watten inventor of the electric clock

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