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Chris Greene introduced speaker Ian Lamb at the first meeting after the Christmas break, who spoke on Three noteworthy sons of Arbroath.

William Small was born in Carmyllie on October 13, 1734. He attended Dundee Grammar School, and Marischal College, Aberdeen where he received an MA in 1755.

He emigrated to America in 1758 and was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy at the College of William and Mary in Virginia where Thomas Jefferson was one of his students.

In 1765 he received his MD and established a medical practice in Birmingham, and shared a house with John Ash, a leading physician in the city. Small died in Birmingham on February 25, 1775, from malaria contracted during his stay in Virginia.

Thomas Moonlight, said to have been born on September 30, 1833, on a farm called Boysack Muir was found abandoned lying in a basket by a couple on opening their front door in response to hearing a child cry.

The baby was brought up by the couple but, because it was not truly their baby, they did not give it their surname but called it ‘Moonlight’.

He served as the Kansas Secretary of State, and also as State Senator. He was appointed Governor of the Wyoming Territory by President Grover Cleveland in 1887 and served as Governor until 1989. After his term as Governor, he served as United States Minister to Bolivia from 1893 to 1897. Moonlight died in February 1897.

David Dunbar Buick was born in Arbroath on September 17, 1854, and moved to Detroit at the age of two when his parents emigrated to the United States. He left school in 1869 and worked for a company which made plumbing goods.

During the 1890s, he developed an interest in internal combustion engines and began experimenting with them. By 1906, although president of a company producing quality cars which were selling, he was also in disagreement with his business partners, and was effectively forced to sell his stock to them for $100,000 and leave the company.

He died from colon cancer in Detroit on March 6, 1929 at the age of 74. In 1995 a plaque was installed in Green Street in his memory.

After a lively discussion and question and answer session the vote of thanks was proposed by Jim Leacy