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Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby Sgurr » Wed Jul 15, 2020 1:05 pm

I think I am forced to post a picture of it

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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby CharlesT » Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:44 pm

Is this The Meridian Line and JG James Gregory?
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby Sgurr » Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:53 pm

Absolutely correct. There is also a line going across the pavement here which I have walked over for years, but never walked out to see the pillar (marked on the OS maps) until lockdown had me walking more locally. It has been moved from its original position as the farmer was fed up with constantly having to avoid it and is now in the back garden of a farm cottage.Once mariners had a more accurate way of navigating they could complete their journeys faster with a quicker turn round...hence the more money.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby CharlesT » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:13 pm

By all accounts James Gregory deserves to be better known. Overshadowed by Issac Newton, but a man of great intellect.

Now, TL relied on water for his success, in more ways than one.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby Sgurr » Thu Jul 16, 2020 4:55 pm

Tom Leonard Poet, featured in "Roots and Water"


https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00wrmgh


If not it could be Thomas Lauder, chair of the Herring Fisheries Board in the nineteenth century

But I somehow think it is neither of these.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby CharlesT » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:21 pm

You are correct, it is neither of those.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby CharlesT » Fri Jul 17, 2020 11:05 am

A considerable fortune from one enabled the other.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby CharlesT » Sat Jul 18, 2020 9:00 am

CharlesT wrote:A considerable fortune from one enabled the other.


A famous brand still bears his name.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby Glengavel » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:20 pm

Is it Thomas Lipton, made his pile from tea and spent a lot of it trying to win the America's Cup. He never did win it but got a special trophy for his efforts.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby CharlesT » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:48 pm

Glengavel wrote:Is it Thomas Lipton, made his pile from tea and spent a lot of it trying to win the America's Cup. He never did win it but got a special trophy for his efforts.

Correct. Five unsuccessful attempts I believe. A bottomless pocket courtesy of tea and groceries. Your go.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby Glengavel » Sun Jul 19, 2020 10:35 pm

JLM helped us get around a lot easier.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:21 am

Glengavel wrote:JLM helped us get around a lot easier.


John Loudon McAdam?

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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby Glengavel » Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:21 am

That didn't take long! Well done, your turn.
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:25 pm

Glengavel wrote:That didn't take long! Well done, your turn.


Thanks!

Unexpected arrival of a M in E led to F becoming (reputedly) an unlikely home for RH
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Re: Can I have a 'P' please Bob - Scotland

Postby HalfManHalfTitanium » Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:42 am

HalfManHalfTitanium wrote:
Glengavel wrote:That didn't take long! Well done, your turn.


Thanks!

Unexpected arrival of a M in E led to F becoming (reputedly) an unlikely home for RH


Extra clue: In E, RH said he was called AH He had worked with another AH, although at times it had been a struggle.
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