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John Ritchie Findlay


FINDLAY, JOHN RITCHIE (1824-1898), Scottish news paper owner and philanthropist, was born at Arbroath on Oct. 21, 1824, and was educated at Edinburgh university. He entered first the publishing office and then the editorial department of the Scotsman, became a partner in the paper in 1868, and in 1870 inherited the greater part of the property from John Ritchie, the founder. He presented to the nation the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, opened in Edinburgh in 1889, and he contributed largely to the collections of the Scottish National Gallery. He died at Aberdour, Banffshire, on Oct. 16, 1898.