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Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair

Birthplace: Meerut, Bengal, India
Death: Died in London, England
Place of Burial: St. Andrews, Scotland
Immediate Family:

Son of George Playfair and Janet (Jessie) Ross
Husband of Margaret Eliza, Baroness Playfair
Father of Jessie Anne Stewart and Brigadier General George James Playfair, 2nd Baron Playfair
Brother of Lt.-Col. Sir Robert Lambert Playfair, KCMG and Dr William Smoult Playfair

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About Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair

Biographical Summary

Playfair, Baron Playfair, Lyon. 21/05/1818-29/05/1898. Ref: 1212. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: 1st Baron Playfair of St. Andrews (1892), CB(1851), KCB (1883), GCB (1895).
  • Place of Birth: Meerut, Bengal, India.
  • Place of Death: Onslow Gardens, London.
  • Place of interment: Cathedral Cemy. St. Andrews.
  • Profession: Chemist, Politician.
  • Appointments Held: Prof 1843, Chemistry, Roy Institution, Manchester; Chemist 1845, H M Geological Survey & Prof,Chemistry,School of Mines; Secy for Science 1853-8, Dept of Science & Art; Prof 1858-69, Chemistry, Edinburgh Univ; MP Universities 1868-85, S Leeds 1885-92.
  • Schools and Tutors: St Andrews Parish School, Fife.
  • Undergraduate Studies: St Andrews University,Medicine at Anderson's College, Glasgow, Edinburgh University, University College, London.
  • Postgraduate Studies: Ph.D (Giessen).
  • Marital Status: Married 1st. 1846 Marjory Eliza Oakes d.1855. 2nd. 1857 Jean Ann Millington d. 1877, 3rd. 1878 Edith Russell.
  • Mother: Janet Ross 1795-1862.
  • Father: George Playfair 1782-1846, Inspector General of Hospitals, East India Company.
  • Other Family: Grandson of James Playfair FRSE 1738-1819.
  • References: DNB Supplement 3, 1901, 270-2; Proc Roy Soc Edinb, 22, 1897-9, 720-1; Proc Roy Soc, 64, 1899, ixxi, signed ACB; C.Rogers " Four Perthshire Families" Edinburgh 1887, 67-70; A Boyle, Scotland's Cultural Heritage, 5, 1984; Who Was Who 1; W P Anderson 1931,719.
  • Memberships: FRS (1848), FCS (President 1857-9).
  • Date of Election: 03/01/1859.
  • Proposers: James David Forbes (Billet 6/12/1858, 20/12/1858).
  • Service to the RSE: Secretary (Ordinary Meetings) 1859-64, Vice-President 1864-70.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 741

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Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair's Timeline

May 21, 1818
Meerut, Bengal, India
July 8, 1847
Age 29
March 31, 1849
Age 30
May 29, 1898
Age 80
London, England
St. Andrews, Scotland