George Dunbar (1774 - 1851)
Of humble origins, his grandfather and subsequently his father lived in one of the cottage on the Kiln Knowe, south of Bridge Street.
In childhood, George had a fall from a tree that left him unsuited for heavy manual work and he secured a post as a gardener. His employers, recognising the lad’s intelligence provided for his education.
He repaid them fully by rising to become Professor of Greek at the University of Edinburgh. He published a Greek Lexicon which was a standard textbook in its day.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1806.