The History of Leith

November 13, 2012

William Ewart Gladstone

Born in 1809 in Liverpool, England, at 62 Rodney Street, William Ewart Gladstone was the fourth son of the merchant Sir John Gladstone from Leith (now a suburb of Edinburgh), and his second wife, Anne MacKenzie Robertson, from Dingwall, Ross-shire. Gladstone was born and brought up in Liverpool and was of purely Scottish ancestry.One of his earliest childhood memories was being made to stand on a table and say “Ladies and gentlemen” to the assembled audience, probably at a gathering to promote the election of George Canning as MP for Liverpool in 1812. for more click here

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