History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 30, 2009

Sir John Gladstone, 1st Baronet

Born in Leith, in Midlothian, Scotland, John Gladstones was the eldest son of Thomas Gladstones (1732-1809) and Helen Neilson (1739-1806). John was the second of the family’s sixteen children. Thomas Gladstones was born in Biggar, Lanarkshire, the son of a miller and farmer. Thomas moved to Leith in 1746, aged 14, to be apprenticed to a wine merchant. Thomas later became a successful corn merchant in Leith and 1762 he married Helen Neilson. Thomas Gladstones was a Whig and an elder in the Church of Scotland. for more click here

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