Great Scots – George Drummond

He was Accountant-General of excise in Scotland and a local politician, and elected Lord Provost of Edinburgh a number of times between 1725-1764.

Educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh.

Strongly anti Jacobite, he fought at Sheriffmuir against the Jacobite army of the Earl of Mar in 1715, and in 1745, he raised a company of volunteers to try and defend the City of Edinburgh against Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army.

He first joined the Edinburgh Town Council in 1716, and raised funds to build William Adam’s Royal Infirmary In 1738, which quickly became one of the world’s foremost teaching hospitals.

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