Born June 5*, 1723, Kirkcaldy, Scotland.

Happy 297th!

Panmure House, Edinburgh Royal Mile (his primary residence during adulthood). Courtesy BBC.

*For the pedantic in the crowd, “June 5” is subject to a certain degree of flexibility in interpretation.  It’s the date on which his baptism was recorded as having taken place, and given the centrality and universality of Faith in those days, plus the rates of infant mortality, were I his father I would have run, not walked, to the Kirk for the sacrament.  But you never know.

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