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George Macdonald (1824-1905) poet and novelist, was born on 10 December 1824 at Duke Street, Huntly, Aberdeenshire. In 1826 George MacDonald the elder and his brother James moved with their families to a stone cottage which they built at Pirriesmill; it was called Bleachfield Cottage and later was known as The Farm. He began his formal education at an Adventure school, supported mainly by dissenters or missioners. In preparation for sitting the bursary at King's College, Old Aberdeen, George MacDonald spent three months at the Aulton (Old Town) grammar school, Aberdeen. He attended King's College, Univ of Aberdeen. for four sessions: 184045, missing 18423, presumably for lack of funds. He attended Blackfriars Street Church, Aberdeen A memorial to him exists in the MacDonald family churchyard at Drumblade, near Huntly. . Macdonald set a few of his books around Lossiemouth.

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