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Significant and Famous Scots


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  • Panther, John
    A learned diplomatic character of the sixteenth century.
  • Park, Mungo
    A distinguished, but unfortunate traveller.
  • Paterson, John
    Last Protestant archbishop of Glasgow.
  • Paterson, William
    The founder of the Bank of England and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
  • Patrick, Saint
    The celebrated Apostle of Ireland.
  • Pennecuik, Alexander
    Author of a "Description of the County of Tweeddale," and of various poems, was born in 1652.
  • Perry, James
    An eminent journalist.
  • Picken, Andrew
    An amiable and agreeable writer in miscellaneous literature.
  • Pinkerton, Allan
    Born 1819. U.S. detective, born in the Gorbals, Glasgow. Left Scotland hurriedly in 1842, following his involvement in left-wing protests. In 1852, he formed the first detective agency, in Chicago, which solved a series of train robberies. In 1861, he foiled an assassination plot in Baltimore, while guarding Abraham Lincoln (the U.S. President) on his way to his inauguration. Head of the U.S. Secret Service 1861 - 1862.
  • Pinkerton, John
    A voluminous historian and critic.
  • Pitcairne, Dr Archibald
    An eminent physician of the seventeenth century.
  • Playfair, John
    An eminent natural philosopher and mathematician.
  • Playfair, William
    An ingenious mechanic and miscellaneous writer.
  • Pollok, Robert
    Author of the "Course of Time."
  • Pont, Robert
    A churchman, judge of the court of session, and political and scientific writer of some eminence.
  • Pont, Timothy
    The celebrated geographer who prepared the "Theatrum Scotiae," in "Bleauís Atlas."
  • Pringle, Sir John
    A distinguished physician and cultivator of science.
  • Pringle, Thomas
    An excellent poet and miscellaneous writer.

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