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STRACHAN, George Wigmaker
(About 1645-)
GRAY, Margaret
(About 1645-)
(About 1640-)
(About 1645-)
STRACHAN, George Wryter in Edinburgh and Clerk of Customs
STRAHAN, William King's Printer and MP


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1. ELPHINSTONE, Margaret Penelope

STRAHAN, William King's Printer and MP

  • Born: 24 March 1715
  • Baptised: 27 March 1715, Edinburgh parish, Edinburgh, Scotland 1
  • Marriage (1): ELPHINSTONE, Margaret Penelope on 20 July 1738 in Saint Mary Le Bow, London, England
  • Died: 1785 2

   Another name for William was STRACHAN, William.1

  General Notes:

Old Parish Register
Edinburgh parish Edinburgh
Baptisms 1715

"27th March
Mr George Strachan wryter and Anne Smeiton his spouse ASN William W Mr John Goodale professor of Hebrew Mr Alexander Kinrose Student of Divinity and Mr Thomas Herriot Schoolmaster at Herriots Hospitall the child was born on the 24th Instant"

"Other students enrolled at the High School of Edinburgh included William Tytler (1711-1792), who would also become a member of the Select Society, and whose son, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee (1747-1813), would write a critical introduction to an edition of Ramsay senior's poems in 1800. William Strahan (1715-1785), who rose to a prominent position in the London printing industry and book trade and Hugh Blair (1718-1800), Church of Scotland minister, literary critic and man of letters (who would later also join Ramsay junior as a member of the Select Society also attended the High School of Edinburgh during these years."

from Allan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment 1 2

  Research Notes:


Despite his surname William Strachan or Strahan was not related to George Strachan or Strahan the Scots born bookseller of books such as those of George Cheyne. Though they were members of the same profession, George Strahan was a generation older than William, and from a different family. There were some business dealings between the men but none such as would have been likely if they were related to each other. There may have been a class issue between them. For more information about George Strahan's family see
OF 2 Aberdeenshire to Lothians: ancestors of Isabella Gordon b 1917 <ancestors%20of%20isabella%20gordon/>
in this website.

William married Margaret Penelope ELPHINSTONE, daughter of Reverend William ELPHINSTONE Episcopal Clergyman in Edinburgh and Rachell HONYMAN, on 20 July 1738 in Saint Mary Le Bow, London, England. (Margaret Penelope ELPHINSTONE was born in 1719 and died in 1785.)


1 Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland, Edinburgh parish Edinburgh Baptisms 1715.

2 ed. Mungo Campbell with Anne Dulau, Allan Ramsay: Portraits of the Enlightenment (2013), II Family Resemblance: A Dialogue between Father and Son by Melanie Buntin and Rhona Brown.

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