With Courtesy of the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre. For more information about the Fraserburgh Heritage visit the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre at http://www.fraserburghheritage.com
Thomas Blake Glover (1838 – 1911)
Thomas Glover was born at 15 Commerce Street, Fraserburgh. A Scottish merchant in Bakumatsu and Meiji Japan , he is acknowledged in that country for considerable contributions to its modernisation. Awarded Order of the Rising Sun – Japan’s highest honour – by Emperor Meiji.
Bill Gibb (1943 – 1988)
Born William Elphinstone Gibb in Fraserburgh, Scotland, 23 January 1943. Founder/partner, Alice Paul clothing boutique, London, 1967-69; freelance designer, working for Baccarat, London, 1969-72; founder/chairman Bill Gibb Fashion Group, London, 1972-88; opened first shop, in Bond Street, London, 1975.
George Bruce (1909 – 2002)
Born Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire 10 March 1909; Teacher of English and History, Dundee High School 1933-46; programmes producer, Aberdeen, BBC 1946-56, features producer, Edinburgh 1956-70; Theatre and Literary Critic, Sunday Times 1964-76; Fellow in Creative Writing, Glasgow University 1971-73, Extra-mural Lecturer 1973; OBE 1984; married 1935 Elizabeth Duncan (died 1994; one son, one daughter); died Edinburgh 25 July 2002.
James Ramsay (1733 – 1789)
Ramsay was born in Fraserburgh on 25th July 1733 and received his early education locally before graduating from King’s College, Aberdeen. He joined the Royal Navy as a surgeon. Honoured for the considerable contribution he made to the abolition of slavery. He dedicated his life to the “impossible” task of abolishing slavery in 18th century Britain.
Robertson Macaulay (1838 – 1915)
Born in Fraserburgh , Scotland , the son of Kenneth Macaulay and Margaret Noble, Macaulay emmigrated to Canada in 1854 settling in Quebec. In 1856, he started working at the Canada Life Assurance Company as an accountant where he would remain until 1872 rising to become chief accountant. He worked for the Mutual Life Association of Canada until becoming secretary of the Sun Mutual Life Insurance Company of Montreal (later the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada). In 1884, he was appointed managing director and was named president in 1889 succeeding the first president, Thomas Workman. He retired as managing director in 1908 and was succeeded by his son, Thomas Bassett “T.B.” Macaulay.
John Ross Durban ( South Africa) (b.1815: Charles Rawden Maclean.)
The boy legend of KwaZulu-Natal, and ’Liberty Man’ for his lifelong devotion to emancipation.
Doctor Stewart Slessor – Stanley (Falkland Islands) (b.1912)
Awarded O.B.E. for service to the Falkland Islands. A mountain in Antarctica, Slessor Peak, is named after him.
Sir George Strahan (1838 – 1887)
Strahan was born on 9 December 1838 in Fraserburgh. After graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he joined the Royal Artillery Corps of the British Army as a Lieutenant in 1857. Strahan was appointed Governor of Tasmania in April 1880 popular as attentive to education, health and rural industry. He was appointed as Governor of Hong Kong to replace Sir George Bowen.
Steve Fairnie (1951 – 1993)
Fraserburgh born musician, painter, sculptor, actor, board game designer, chicken hypnotist, frontman of the post – punk band Writz and half of the Techno Twins
Doctor John Clark
– Cairo ( Egypt) (b.1864) Honoured by the Society Scientifique de France for his work in nomography, a new science inter-relating astronomy and engineering.
– Bendigo ( Australia) left Memsie (2 miles from Fraserburgh) in 1883 and cultivated one of the earliest vineyards in the State of Victoria, Australia.
Doctor Jean Benzie
– Bhiwani ( India) (b.1899) Medical missionary. Awarded the Kaiser-I-Hind medal for more than 30 years’ service to India
– Bombay ( India) (b.1841) Member of the Legislative Council of India. acknowledged in the business world for offering the (then) novel theory that gold be used as a basis for currency.