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Heriot, George

George Heriot was an Edinburgh goldsmith, one of the richest men in the city in his time. In 1597 he was given the honourable appointment of Goldsmith to Anne of Denmark. Later in 1601 he was appointed Goldsmith to Anne's husband King James VI.

Despite the importance of his role in Denmark Heriot remembered his home of Edinburgh: on his death he left £23,625 for the foundation of a hospital and school for the city’s poor - a considerable sum at that time.

 

 

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