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1. Perth Academy – Perth Academy is a state comprehensive secondary school in Perth, Scotland. The institution is a non-denominational one, the school occupies ground on the side of a hill in the Viewlands area of Perth, and is within the Perth and Kinross Council area. The first Rector of the school was the Honourable John Murray, at time it was considered a purely honourable title. By April 1762 accommodation was first provided for the school, in the form of a building which occupied the site of the current city hall. At this time education in Perth was provided by a variety of smaller institutions each specialising in a particular field, by the 1800s it was felt that the disparate nature of these, often cramped, buildings was detrimental to the efficiency and success of the schools. This, combined with a new appreciation of the value of education, designed by Robert Reid, later the Kings architect, work on this building was started in October 1803, and finished for the start of the teaching year in 1807. The building housed the Academy, the Grammar, the English School, the French school, the Drawing and Painting school, together they were known as the public Seminaries, and were housed on Rose Terrace, near the North Inch of Perth. This arrangement was continued until 1892, when, under the terms of the 1878 Education Act, teachers were still paid separately and collected their share of the tuition fees directly from the students in their classes. In 1881 that this was changed, with the going into a central treasury before being redistributed. In 1915 the Academy was amalgamated with the rival Sharps institution, also located in Perth, the school moved to its present site at Viewlands in 1932, construction on the building having begun in 1930. The buildings were designed by the Edinburgh architects, and school specialists, Reid & Forbes, up to 1968 the school was a selective senior secondary school with entrants being required to sit an entrance exam. At this time the schools had a catchment area of over 642 square miles and including Dunkeld, Kinross, Errol. In 1971 the school become a school serving all pupils within a smaller catchment area. Large extensions were added to the school in 1990, including a building for a Gymnasium and Games Hall, as well as workshops. The science labs were renovated at this time with computing rooms being added and suites created for the music. Perth Academy is situated in the middle of extensive grounds, stretching to some 11. 93Ha, the campus is shared with Viewlands Primary School, with many students attending both during their education, and Fairview School, an additional support needs school. The school canteen is in a separate, smaller building which outside lunch times also serves as a gym room, there is also a separate block housing the Physical Education department which includes two indoor areas for gym and sports activities. The pitch was finished in time for the start of the 2014/15 Summer Term, fully kitted out with football and hockey goals, the school follows the national curriculum for Scotland, including the teaching of cooking and technical subjects
2. Perth, Scotland – Perth is a city in central Scotland, located on the banks of the River Tay. It is the centre of Perth and Kinross council area. According to the preliminary 2011 census results Perth, including its suburbs, has a population of 50,000. Perth has been known as The Fair City since the publication of the story Fair Maid of Perth by Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott in 1828. During the later period the city was also called St Johns Toun or Saint Johnstoun by its inhabitants in reference to the main church dedicated to St John the Baptist. This name is preserved by the football team, St Johnstone F. C. The name Perth comes from a Pictish word for wood or copse, there has been a settlement at Perth since prehistoric times, on a natural mound raised slightly above the flood plain of the Tay, where the river could be crossed at low tide. The area surrounding the city is known to have been occupied since Mesolithic hunter-gatherers arrived more than 8000 years ago. Nearby Neolithic standing stones and circles also exist, dating from about 4000 BC, the presence of Scone Abbey, home of the Stone of Destiny where the King of Scots was crowned, enhanced the early importance of the city. Perth became known as a capital of Scotland, due to the frequent residence of the royal court, Royal Burgh status was soon given to the city by King William the Lion in the early 12th century. The city became one of the richest burghs in the country, doing trade with France, the Low Countries and Baltic Countries for goods such as Spanish silk and French wine. The Scottish Reformation also played a big role in the city with the sacking of the Houses of the Greyfriars and Blackfriars, the Act of Settlement later brought about Jacobite uprisings. The city was occupied by Jacobite supporters on three occasions, the founding of Perth Academy in 1760 helped to bring major industries, such as linen, leather, bleach and whisky, to the city. Given its location, Perth was perfectly placed to become a key transport centre with the coming of the railways, today, Perth serves as a retail centre for the surrounding area. Following the decline of the industry locally, the citys economy has now diversified to include insurance. Due to its location, the city is referred to as the Gateway to the Highlands. The Australian metropolis Perth took its name from the Scottish city, Perth is also twinned with Aschaffenburg in the German state of Bavaria. The name Perth derives from a Pictish-Gaelic word for wood or copse, Perth was referred to as St Johns ton up until the mid-1600s with the name Perthia being reserved for the wider area
3. Neil Cameron, Baron Cameron of Balhousie – Marshal of the Royal Air Force Neil Cameron, Baron Cameron of Balhousie, KT, GCB, CBE, DSO, DFC was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He served as Chief of the Air Staff in the late 1970s advising the British Government on the reinforcement of the British garrison in Belize which was under threat from Guatemala at the time. The only son and younger child of Neil Cameron and his wife, Isabella Cameron, Cameron was brought up by his mother and grandfather in Perth, his father having died when he was three weeks old. Cameron attended the Northern District School and took up employment with the Commercial Bank of Scotland in the Fife town of Newburgh in 1937, Cameron joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in May 1939 and started his flying training at No.3 Initial Training Wing at Hastings. He was posted to No.17 Squadron at RAF Martlesham Heath in October 1940 in time to part in the final stages of the Battle of Britain. Cameron joined No.134 Squadron at Murmansk in northern Russia in July 1941 and was granted a commission with the war rank of pilot officer on 31 July 1941. Off the coast of northern Russia he was required to take-off from a Royal Navy aircraft carrier without practice. In this role he took part in the Battle of Alam el Halfa in September 1942, the First Battle of El Alamein in July 1942 and the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Cameron transferred from the RAF Volunteer Reserve to the Royal Air Force after the War ended and was given a permanent commission as a lieutenant on 1 September 1945. He became an Instructor at the School of Air Support at Old Sarum in October 1945 and he attended RAF Staff College in 1949 and later that year joined the Air Staff in the Directorate of Organisation at the Air Ministry. Cameron was promoted to squadron leader on 1 January 1950 but spent much of that year and he was selected for Aircrew Selection Duties at the Air Ministry in January 1952 before joining the Directing Staff at the RAF Staff College in December 1953. Having been promoted to wing commander on 1 January 1956, but still recovering from illness, he became Officer Commanding the University of London Air Squadron in August 1956. He became Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of the Air Staff in November 1958 and he attended Imperial Defence College in 1963 and became Principal Staff Officer to Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe at the end of the year. Promoted to air commodore on 1 July 1964, Cameron joined the Staff at the RAF College Cranwell in February 1965 becoming Assistant Commandant there a few months later. Promoted to air marshal on 1 July 1968, he became Senior Air Staff Officer at Headquarters Air Support Command in September 1970. Appointed Companion of the Order of the Bath in the 1971 New Year Honours, Cameron became Deputy Commander RAF Germany in December 1972, then, having been promoted to air marshal on 1 July 1974, he became Air Member for Personnel in October 1974. He was advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1975 New Year Honours and he was promoted to air chief marshal on 1 November 1975 and advanced to Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath in the 1976 Birthday Honours. Cameron was appointed Air Aide-de-Camp to the Queen on 6 August 1976, as Chief of the Air Staff he advised the British Government on the reinforcement of the British garrison in Belize which was under threat from Guatemala at the time
4. Aileen Campbell – Aileen Elizabeth Campbell is the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport and is a Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale constituency. She was formerly Minister for Local Government and Planning May 2011−December 2011, then Minister for Children, Campbell was first elected to the Scottish Parliament on 3 May 2007 as a list member for the South of Scotland region. At 26 years and 351 days on her election, she was the youngest MSP elected to serve in Parliament in the 2007–2011 session, in December 2014 Campbell became the first person to take maternity leave while serving as a Minister of the Scottish Government. Campbell was born on 18 May 1980 in Perth, Scotland and she grew up on her parents tenant farm in Perthshire and was educated at Collace Primary School and Perth Academy. She studied Politics and History at the University of Glasgow, from 2005−06 Campbell was national convener of the SNP youth wing, the Young Scots for Independence. Since graduating, she has worked as editor of construction magazine Keystone and was editorial assistant on a short-lived pro-independence newspaper, before her election to Parliament Campbell also worked for Nicola Sturgeon and as a researcher for Shona Robison and Stewart Hosie. Aileen married Graham Fraser White in Collace Kirk, Perthshire, on 15 August 2009, Campbell suffered a minor injury on 23 January 2008, receiving medical treatment at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before returning to the parliament for a vote. The vote was won by 64 votes to 62, Campbell was nominated for Real Radios Best New Scottish Politician 2009 Award. Campbell was elected as MSP for Clydesdale on 5 May 2011 after receiving an 8. 9% swing from Labour and she served as Minister for Local Government and Planning from 25 May 2011 until 6 December 2011. When she was moved to the position of Minister for Children, on 18 December 2014, Campbell began maternity leave and Fiona McLeod acted as Minister for Children and Young People until Campbell returned on 1 September 2015. This was the first time that a Minister of the Scottish Government had taken maternity leave, in the 2016 election she was re-elected as the MSP for Clydesdale with an increased majority. On 18 May 2016 she was moved to the post of Minister for Public Health and Sport in a reshuffle
5. Arthur Dewar, Lord Dewar – He was born in Perth, the fourth son of John Dewar, Sr. the distiller and founder of John Dewar & Sons. His brothers, Thomas and John, would run the family business and he married Lettie Dalrymple in 1892, with whom he would have one daughter. He was educated at Perth Academy and then at Edinburgh University, in an 1899 by-election he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South, defeating Major-General A. G. Wauchope, but was defeated himself in the 1900 general election by Sir Andrew Agnew. He stood again in the 1906 general election, where he won the seat and he had been made Kings Counsel in 1904, and served as Solicitor General for Scotland from February 1909–1910. He was re-elected in the January 1910 general election, but resigned from the Commons in April that year when he was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice and he took the judicial title of Lord Dewar, and served in the post until his death. He is buried in the 20th century extension to Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh and his wife, Letitia Dalrymple, and son, Ian Dalrymple Dewar, lie with him. Burkes Landed Gentry – The Kingdom of Scotland, 19th Edition, Volume I ISBN 978-1-57958-373-6 DEWAR, in Who Was Who. Obituary in The Times,15 June 1917, p.3 Hansard 1803–2005, contributions in Parliament by Arthur Dewar
6. Thomas Duncan (painter) – Thomas Duncan ARA RSA was a Scottish portrait and historical painter. Duncan was born in Kinclaven, Perthshire on 4 May 1807, educated at the Perth Academy, he began studying law, but abandoned it for art. In the 1830s his address is given as 1 Darnaway Street and he died in Edinburgh on 25 April 1845. He is buried in Warriston Cemetery in north Edinburgh, the grave lies on a slope next to the steps at the east end of the vaults (next to the grave of James Young Simpson. In the same year he produced his picture of Charles Edward asleep after Culloden, protected by Flora MacDonald, in 1844 appeared his Cupid, and his Martyrdom of John Brown of Priesthill. His last work was a self-portrait, now in the National Gallery in Edinburgh and he particularly excelled in his portraits of ladies and children, yet his own portrait was painted by Robert Scott Lauder. This article incorporates text from a now in the public domain, Chisholm, Hugh. Profile on Royal Academy of Arts Collections
7. John Forfar – John Oldroyd Forfar, MC, FRSE was a British paediatrician and academic. He had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War and he was Professor of Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh from 1964 to 1982. He was President of the British Paediatric Association from 1985 to 1988, Forfar was born on 16 November 1916 in Glasgow, Scotland, to David Forfar and Elizabeth Campbell. His father was a minister of the Church of Scotland and he was educated at Perth Academy, a selective school in Perth. He studied medicine at the University of St Andrews, during his degree, he also studied for an intercalated Bachelor of Science. He graduated in 1941 Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, following graduation and therefore qualification as a doctor, he undertook a six-month appointment as a house surgeon in Perth. On 21 February 1942, Forfar was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army and he was given the service number 227049. He briefly served with the 11th Field Ambulance, before attending the Commando Training Centre in Achnacarry and he then joined No.47 Commando as the battalions medical officer. He would serve them for eleven months from the Normandy Landings to Victory in Europe. On 6 June 1944, Forfar joined the Allied troops landing on the Normandy beeches,47 Commandos objective was to capture Port-en-Bessin, a 15-mile stretch of rocky coastline sited between Gold Beach and Omaha Beach. Once captured, the area was to be a terminal for a fuel pipe-line across the Channel as part of Operation Pluto, the battalion was ordered to travel 12 miles inland and attack the area from inside enemy territory. There was prolonged fighting but the British finally captured the area by dusk of 7 June, during those two days, he had treated 52 marines, seven German soldiers and two French civilians. Between June and November 1944,47 Commando fought along the French, on 2 November 1944, as part of Operation Infatuate, they attacked the port of Walcheren in the Netherlands. It was an important location for access to Antwerp, Belgium. It was strongly defended by the Germans and General Eisenhower described the battle as “one of the most gallant, after the end of the war, Forfar returned to civilian life. He officially left the British Army in 1946, in 1946, he joined Dundee Royal Infirmary as a registrar. During this post he trained in the specialism of paediatrics and he became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1947 and Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1948. That year he spent a time in Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
8. Patrick Geddes – Sir Patrick Geddes FRSE was a Scottish biologist, sociologist, geographer, philanthropist and pioneering town planner. He is known for his thinking in the fields of urban planning. He introduced the concept of region to architecture and planning and coined the term conurbation, the son of Janet Stevenson and soldier Alexander Geddes, Patrick Geddes was born in Ballater, Aberdeenshire, and educated at Perth Academy. He lectured in Zoology at Edinburgh University from 1880 to 1888 and he married Anna Morton, who was the daughter of a wealthy merchant, in 1886 when he was 32 years old. They had three children, Norah, Alasdair and Arthur, during a visit to India in 1917 Anna fell ill with typhoid fever and died, not knowing that their son Alasdair had been killed in action in France. In 1895 Geddes published an edition of The Evergreen magazine, with articles on nature, biology, artists Robert Burns and John Duncan provided illustrations for the magazine. Geddes wrote with J. Arthur Thomson an early book on The Evolution of Sex and he held the Chair of Botany at University College Dundee from 1888 to 1919, and the Chair of Sociology at the University of Bombay from 1919 to 1924. He inspired Victor Branford to form the Sociological Society in 1903 to promote his sociological views and he was a major influence on the American urban theorist Lewis Mumford. He was knighted in 1932, shortly before his death at the Scots College in Montpellier, Geddes was the father-in-law of the architect and planner Frank Charles Mears. In this theory, the family is viewed as the biological unit of human society from which all else develops. Geddes drew on Le Plays circular theory of geographical locations presenting environmental limitations and his central argument was that physical geography, market economics and anthropology were related, yielding a “single chord of social life all three combined”. Geddes writing demonstrates the influence of ideas on his theories of the city. He saw the city as a series of interlocking patterns. He criticised the tendency of modern scientific thinking to specialisation, each sees clearly and seizes firmly upon one petal of the six-lobed flower of life and tears it apart from the whole. He continued to use and advocate for this approach throughout his career, very early on in his career Geddes demonstrated the practicality of his ideas and approach. In 1886 Geddes and his married wife purchased a row of slum tenements in James Court, Edinburgh. The best of the houses were kept and restored. Geddes believed that this approach was more economical and more humane. ”However, he wished this policy of sweeping clearances to be recognised for what he believed it was
9. David Octavius Hill – David Octavius Hill was a Scottish painter and arts activist. He formed Hill & Adamson studio with the engineer and photographer Robert Adamson between 1843 and 1847 to pioneer many aspects of photography in Scotland, David Octavius Hill was born in 1802 in Perth. His father, a bookseller and publisher, helped to re-establish Perth Academy, when his older brother Alexander joined the publishers Blackwoods in Edinburgh, David went there to study at the School of Design. He learned lithography and produced Sketches of Scenery in Perthshire which was published as an album of views, a year later Hill took on unpaid secretarial duties. In the 1830s he is listed as living at 24 Queen Street, charlotte married the author Walter Scott Dalgleish. Ann died on 5 October 1841, aged only 36 and she is buried with her family in Greyfriars Churchyard in Perth. Hill then spent some twenty years as a bachelor and he continued to produce illustrations and to paint landscapes on commission. During this perion he lived at 28 Inverleith Row in Edinburghs northern suburbs, Hill was present at the Disruption Assembly in 1843 when over 450 ministers walked out of the Church of Scotland assembly and down to another assembly hall to found the Free Church of Scotland. Brewster was himself experimenting with technology which only dated back to 1839. Hill and Adamson took a series of photographs of those who had been present, the 5 foot x 11 foot 4 inches painting was eventually completed in 1866. Hill moved to Calton Hill Stairs in 1850, adamsons studio, Rock House, on Calton Hill in Edinburgh became the centre of their photographic experiments. They photographed local and Fife landscapes and urban scenes, including images of the Scott Monument under construction in Edinburgh and they produced several groundbreaking action photographs of soldiers and - perhaps their most famous photograph - two priests walking side by side. Their partnership produced around 3,000 prints, but was cut short after four years due to the ill health and death of Adamson in 1848. He was badly affected by the death of his daughter and his work slowed, in 1866 he finished the Disruption picture which received wide acclaim, though many of the participants had died by then. The photographer F. C. Annan produced fine reduced facsimiles of the painting for sale throughout the Free Church, in 1869 illness forced him to give up his post as secretary to the R. S. A. and he died in May 1870. Hill is buried in Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh - one of the finest Victorian cemeteries in Scotland and he is portrayed in a bust sculpted by his second wife, Amelia, who is buried alongside him. Michaelson, Katherine, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, catalogue for Scottish Arts Council exhibitions,1970, works in the National Galleries of Scotland Metropolitan Museum of Art - David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson
10. Henry Littlejohn – Sir Henry Duncan Littlejohn was a Scottish surgeon, forensic scientist and public health pioneer. Henry Littlejohn was born in Edinburgh in 1826 to Thomas Littlejohn, a confectioner of 33 Leith Street and he began his studies at the Perth Academy and the Royal High School, and continued them at the University of Edinburgh where he studied medicine, graduating with distinction in 1847. He was taught surgery by Prof Monro and Dr Robert Halliday Gunning, Littlejohn served as Edinburghs first Medical Officer of Health, introducing model sanitation improvements and the legal requirement to notify cases of infectious diseases. He contributed significantly to the health movement in Edinburgh and to public health administration. He was assisted in later years by Dr Thomas William Drinkwater FRSE, Littlejohn also co-founded the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. Long a lecturer for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh at Surgeons Hall, serving as Edinburghs Police Surgeon from 1854 and as Medical Advisor to the Crown in Scotland in criminal cases, he was often called upon as an expert witness. From 1862 he was Edinburghs first Medical Officer of Health, although Arthur Conan Doyle primarily credited Joseph Bell as being the source of inspiration for his character Sherlock Holmes, he also cited Henry Littlejohn as being a contributing influence. Henry Littlejohn was knighted in 1895 by Queen Victoria, in his later life he lived at 24 Royal Circus in Edinburghs Second New Town. He died at Benreoch, near Arrochar in Argyll in 1914 and his grave is on the edge of the southern path towards the west end. He is buried with his wife, Isabella Jane Harvey, sir Henry was the father of Henry Harvey Littlejohn who followed in his fathers footsteps and continued his adoption of tangential thinking to resolve investigations. H. H. Littlejohn adopted unusual methods of study and this included mapping instances of typhoid across Edinburgh in 1891 in conjunction with the noted map-maker, J. G. Bartholomew. The purpose of this was to track down the source of the outbreak and this technique is now common practice in police techniques to observe patterns in pursuit of crime detection. He then tracked the source to a batch of milk from one individual farm, tracked down all the shops which he supplied. He was one of the first persons in the world to be appointed as Chief Police Surgeon for a city, Harvey lived at 1 Atholl Crescent in Edinburghs West End. He died at a home in Edinburgh on 15 August 1927. Henry Harvey is buried in his fathers plot at Dean Cemetery
11. David Low (agriculturalist) – David Low FRSE was a Scottish agriculturalist. Low, eldest son of Alexander Low, land-agent, of Laws, Berwickshire, was born in Berwickshire in 1786, and educated at Perth Academy and he assisted his father on his farms, and soon showed special aptitude as a land-agent and valuer. In 1825 he settled in Edinburgh, and in the year at his suggestion the Quarterly Journal of Agriculture was established. On the death of Professor Andrew Coventry in 1831 Low was appointed professor of agriculture in the University of Edinburgh and his first step was to urge on the government the necessity of forming an agricultural museum. The Chancellor of the Exchequer consented in 1833 to allow £300 a year for that purpose, Low contributed collections of his own, and employed William Shiels, R. S. A. to travel, taking portraits of the best specimens of different breeds of animals. Altogether £3,000 were expended on the museum, of which £1,500 came from the government, £300 from the Reid fund, the museum led to increased attendance in the class of agriculture, which numbered from seventy to ninety students. In the 1830s he is recorded as having two addresses, both very prestigious and his town address is given as 33 Howe Street in the Second New Town, and his country address is given as Craigleith House, then on the western outskirts of the city. Low was also devoted to chemistry, and had a private laboratory. In 1842 he brought out a work in two volumes, quarto, on The Breeds of the Domestic Animals of the British Islands. This was translated for the French government immediately on its appearance, Low resigned his chair in 1854, and died at Mayfield, Edinburgh, on 7 January 1859, and was interred at Warriston Cemetery. The grave lies on the edge of the original cemetery, backing onto the former railway. It is very large but currently very overgrown
12. Fred MacAulay – Frederick Fred MacAulay is a Scottish comedian. For 18 years, until March 2015, he presented a daily BBC Scotland radio programme MacAulay and he has appeared on numerous TV shows. Born in Perth, MacAulay was educated at Killin Primary School, at Rattray Primary School and Blairgowrie High School, in 1978 he graduated from the University of Dundee with an MA in accountancy and jurisprudence. He went on to work as an accountant in a number of companies, in 1984 he married Aileen, the couple have three children. MacAulays first experience of stand-up comedy came at Bar Point in the West End of Paisley and he enjoyed vocal support from some close friends as he appeared alongside the established Glasgow comedian Bruce Morton. His first on-screen appearance came on STVs stand-up programme The Funny Farm, MacAulay became a full-time professional comedian in 1993. MacAulay has gone on to be a performer at the Edinburgh Fringe. He has presented BBC Radio Scotlands morning show since 1997, and for BBC TV he hosted one series of the talk show McCoist and MacAulay, in 2009, he hosted a panel game on BBC Radio 4 entitled I Guess Thats Why They Call It The News. In 2001 he was elected the Rector of the University of Dundee and was installed in office on 3 May 2001. In 2007, he competed in Comic Relief Does Fame Academy and was the student to be expelled
13. Patrick Matthew – Patrick Matthew was born 20 October 1790 at Rome, a farm held by his father John Matthew near Scone Palace, in Perthshire. His mother was Agnes Duncan, a relative of Adam Duncan, over the years he successfully nurtured, cultivated, and transformed much of the estates farmland and pastures into several large orchards of apple and pear trees, numbering over 10,000. He became an avid proponent as well as interested researcher of both silviculture and horticulture, both of which influenced his growing awareness of the forces of nature. This awareness, along with his own experiences acquired from years of working his own modest estate would later frame a strong base of reference to form his own opinions and theories. Between 1840 and 1850, Matthew travelled extensively in what is now northern Germany, Matthew married Christian Nicol in 1817, and they had eight children, John, Robert, Alexander, Charles, Euphemia, Agnes, James Edward, and Helen Amelia. Robert farmed Gourdiehill in Patricks old age, Alexander took over the German interests, Matthew became interested in the colonisation of New Zealand and was instrumental in setting up a Scottish New Zealand Land Company. At his urging, James and Charles Matthew emigrated to New Zealand, a group of trees of these species still thriving near Inchtures in Perthshire comes from these seedlings. In managing his orchards, Patrick Matthew became familiar with the related to the principles of husbandry in horticulture for food production. In 1831 he published his book, On Naval Timber and Arboriculture, the book discussed at length how best to grow suitable trees for the construction of the Royal Navys warships. He considered the task to be of importance, as the navy permitted the British race to advance. Matthew noted the long-term deleterious effect that only the trees of highest timber quality from forests had on the quality of timber. The topic changed to Concerning our Marine, &c. for pages 130 to 137 of the book, in Part IV of the book, pages 138 to 359, he wrote critical reviews assessing what other authors had published on tree cultivation. On hereditary nobility and entail, he objected to feudal privilege perpetuated by entail under Scots law and he extrapolated from this to what is today recognised as a description of natural selection. It approved of Mathew strictly in his capacity as a forest-ranger, the review did not mention the appendix to the book. The Edinburgh Literary Journal of 2 July 1831 wrote This is a publication of great promise. The review noted that Matthew listed suitable forest trees, described the relative merits of each and it said that An appendix of 29 pages concludes the book, and receives some parenthetical evolutions of various extraneous points which the author struck upon in prosecuting the thesis of his book. This may be termed, in a double sense, an extraordinary part of the book. It said the book was on the whole, not a bad one, according to Matthew, there was also a review in The Metropolitan Magazine
14. James McGhie, Lord McGhie – McGhie was educated at Perth Academy, and studied at the School of Law of the University of Edinburgh. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1969 and he married Anne Cockburn in 1968, with whom he has a son and a daughter. McGhie was appointed Queens Counsel in 1983, and served as an Advocate Depute from 1983 to 1986, from 1987 to 1992, he was part-time Chairman of the Medical Appeal Tribunal, and from 1992 to 1996 was a Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. In 1996, he was appointed Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, with the judicial title, Scottish Land Court Lands Tribunal for Scotland List of Senators of the College of Justice
15. James Miller (architect) – James Miller FRSE FRIBA FRIAS RSA was a Scottish architect, recognised for his commercial architecture in Glasgow and for his Scottish railway stations. Miller moved to Stirling in 1911, at Randolphfield, and died there on 28 November 1947, James Miller was the son of a farmer, and was born in Auchtergaven, Perthshire, in 1860. He spent most of his childhood in Little Cairnie, Forteviot, in 1892, having won the competition to design Belmont Church in Hillhead, he set up in full-time practice on his own account and rented an office at 223 West George Street, Glasgow. He also designed the Govan memorial church to Margaret Macgregor, an American influence began to appear in Millers work following a 1902 fact-finding visit to the USA by Matheson. An early example was Olympic House, a plain rectangular speculative office development in Glasgows Queen Street, the façade of this building is of white faience tiles, the first time that a Scottish architect had used this material. Both these buildings used white Portland Stone to combat the effects of Glasgows polluted atmosphere at the time, major commissions beyond Scotland included Wyggeston Grammar School for Boys in Leicester, and the neo-Georgian style Dining Hall and Cocoa Block for Cadbury at Bournville. His final designs were for long, low buildings such as the Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Commerce in Pitt Street, Millers domestic work spanned his architectural career. Much of his work, such as Dunloskin, Dumbreck. Further commissions for houses in Glasgow followed as a result of Millers involvement in the 1901 Glasgow International Exhibition, including 8 and 10 Lowther Terrace, Great Western Road. Between 1915 and 1923, he designed Kildonan, near Barrhill, Ayrshire, for Captain David Euan Wallace MP, a large property similar in size to Turnberry Hotel. Miller died on 28 November 1947 at Randolphield, Stirling, which had been his home since 1911 and his son George, one of three children, had joined the practice in the mid-1930s but died in 1940, at which point James retired. Summers, Jim, ed. Glasgow Central, Central to Glasgow, the commercial architecture of James Miller, influences from Glasgow and abroad. Johnston, Colin, Hulme, John H. Glasgow Stations, newton Abbott, Devon, David & Charles. McKean, Charles, Walker, David and Walker, Frank A, Central Glasgow, An Illustrated Architectural Guide. Edinburgh, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the South Clyde Estuary, An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew. Edinburgh, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Scottish Cities The Glasgow Story – James Miller Glasgow Sculpture biography Dictionary of Scottish Architects – James Miller
16. Duncan Sommerville – Duncan MacLaren Young Sommerville FRSE FRAS was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He compiled a bibliography on non-Euclidean geometry and also wrote a textbook in that field. He also wrote Introduction to the Geometry of N Dimensions, advancing the study of polytopes and he was a co-founder and the first secretary of the New Zealand Astronomical Society. Sommerville was also an accomplished watercolourist, producing a series of works of the New Zealand landscape, the middle name MacLaren is spelt using the old orthography MLaren in some sources, for example the records of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Sommerville was born in Beawar, India where his father was employed as a doctor by the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. The Rev Dr James Sommerville had been responsible for establishing the hospital at Jodhpur, the family returned home to Scotland, where Duncan first spent 4 years at a private school in Perth, before being sent to Perth Academy. He then studied at the University of St Andrews in Fife, Sommerville taught at St. Andrews from 1902 to 1914. In projective geometry the method of Cayley–Klein metrics had been used in the 19th century to model non-euclidean geometry, in 1910 Duncan wrote Classification of geometries with projective metrics. The classification is described by Daniel Corey as follows, He classifies them into 9 types of geometries,27 in dimension 3. A number of these geometries have found applications, for instance in physics, in 1911 Sommerville published his compiled bibliography of works on non-euclidean geometry, and it received favorable reviews. In 1970 Chelsea Publishing issued an edition which referred to collected works then available of some of the cited authors. Sommerville was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1911, the following year he married Louisa Agnes Beveridge. In 1915 Sommerville went to New Zealand to take up the Chair of Pure, Duncan became interested in honeycombs and wrote Division of space by congruent triangles and tetrahedra in 1923. The following year he extended results to n-dimensional space and he also discovered the Dehn–Sommerville equations for the number of faces of convex polytopes. Sommerville used geometry to describe the theory of a preferential ballot. He addressed Nansons method where n candidates are ordered by voters into a sequence of preferences, Sommerville shows that the outcomes lie in n. simplexes that cover the surface of an n −2 dimensional spherical space. When his Introduction to Geometry of N Dimensions appeared in 1929, wong in the American Mathematical Monthly. Sommerville was co-founder and first secretary of the New Zealand Astronomical Society and he was President of Section A of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, Adelaide
17. William Soutar – William Soutar was a Scottish poet and diarist, who wrote in both English and Braid Scots, and is known best for his epigrams. William Soutar was born on 28 April 1898 in Perth, Scotland, the child of John Soutar, master joiner, and his wife, Margaret Smith. His parents belonged to the United Free Church of Scotland and he was educated at Southern District School, Perth, and at Perth Academy, before joining the wartime navy in 1916. By the time he was demobilized in November 1918, he was suffering from what was to be diagnosed in 1924 as ankylosing spondylitis. Soutar began to study medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 1919 and he did not excel academically, but he began to contribute to the student magazine. His first volume, Gleanings by an Undergraduate, was published at his fathers expense and he began to keep a diary on 18 April 1919. During that period he made contact with Hugh MacDiarmid, then in Montrose, Soutars work correspondingly altered radically, and he became a leading figure of the Scottish Literary Renaissance, whom posthumous editors would dub one of the greatest poets Scotland has produced. His family adopted a cousin of his, the seven-year-old Evelyn, in 1927. Seeds in the Wind was a volume of bairn-rhymes in Scots, by 1930 Soutar was bedridden with his disease. He died in 1943 of tuberculosis, which he had contracted in 1929 and he is buried in Perths Jeanfield and Wellshill Cemetery. A collected poems edited by MacDiarmid was published in 1948 and his journal, The Diary of a Dying Man, was published posthumously. One form of verse which he used was the cinquain, which he preferred to call epigrams. Interest in Soutars work in Scots and English, and for adults and children, has revived considerably since the 1980s, in 2014 he was the subject of a BBC radio programme, The Still Life Poet by Liz Lochhead. Benjamin Britten set twelve of Soutars poems for tenor and piano in his 1969 song cycle Who Are These Children, Gleanings by an Undergraduate Brief Words. One Hundred Epigrams Seeds in the Wind, Poems in Scots for Children Diaries of a Dying Man ISBN 0-86241-347-8, in fact only a short selection. The Collected Poems of William Soutar, ed, Hugh McDiarmid Poems of William Soutar, a New Selection, ed. W. R. More can be found here Retrieved 16 August 2013 and here Retrieved 16 August 2013
18. Brian Souter – Sir Brian Souter is a Scottish businessman and philanthropist. With his sister, Ann Gloag, he founded the Stagecoach Group of bus and he also founded the bus and coach operator Megabus, the train operating company South West Trains, his investments company Souter Holdings Ltd and the Souter Charitable Trust. Souter has also been active in Scotland, and supports the Scottish National Party financially. This campaign and other statements have led opponents to accuse him of homophobia. In 2011 he was awarded a knighthood for services to transport, the honour was criticised by Scottish Labour Party politicians and by gay rights campaigners. Souter was born in the Scottish town of Perth and his father was a bus driver and as a child Brian often travelled on bus routes with his father. At school he developed an interest in economics and accounts, about which he said, Changing my timetable from maths to include economics. On leaving school, he studied at the Abertay University to become a commerce teacher, on completion he studied at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, where he graduated with a CA Diploma in Accountancy and Economics. Following his graduation Souter became a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Andersen & Co, using his fathers redundancy money, with his sister Ann Gloag and his brother-in-law Robin Gloag he established the Stagecoach Group in 1980, running buses from Dundee to London. Expansion continued, and in the early 1990s Stagecoach acquired National Bus Company subsidiaries in Cumberland and Hampshire, Stagecoach also bought bus operations in Scotland, Newcastle and London, with Manchester being added a few years later. In 1993, Stagecoach was valued at £134 million and was floated on the London Stock Exchange to access capital for new opportunities for buses, by the mid 1990s, Stagecoach developed its interests in Australia and New Zealand. The company further expanded with the purchase of Citybus, an operator of buses and ferries in Hong Kong, and Coach USA, Souter became Chief Executive, and later sold off much of Coach USA. Following the deregulation of bus services in the United Kingdom, Stagecoach bought a number of the new small bus companies and this practice was deemed as predatory, deplorable and against the public interest according to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. In 2009, Souter received a £1. 6m bonus, most of the remainder was given to the staff pension fund. In August 2012, it was announced that Souter would become Chairman of Stagecoach Group on 1 May 2013, shortly after Souter floated Stagecoach on the London Stock Exchange, he turned his attention to British railways. Initial experiments consisted of a Scotland to London service branded Stagecoach Rail with carriages attached to the Caledonian Sleeper, during the privatisation of British Rail, Stagecoach bid successfully to operate the South West Trains franchise from 1996 followed by the Island Line Trains later the same year. Stagecoach successfully bid to retain both when retendered in 2001 and 2006, in 1998, Stagecoach purchased a 49% shareholding in Virgin Rail Group that operated the CrossCountry and West Coast franchises. In 2007, Stagecoach commenced operating the East Midlands Trains franchise, in April 2015, Virgin Trains East Coast in which Stagecoach holds a 90% share commenced operating the InterCity East Coast franchise