Dundas and Dalkeith
In the issue of July 12, the Advertiser included an article concerning Henry Dundas, the first Lord Melville.
It stated that he was born in Dalkeith, where in fact, his place of birth was in Edinburgh. The house was close to where the North Bridge is now, and has long been demolished.
He did have a connection with Dalkeith. His early education was in the Dalkeith Grammar School, which had a very high reputation.
The master was James Barclay, considered at the time to be one of the leading educationalists in the country.
A brother of Henry also attended the school, and while there, died of smallpox.
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