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Heriot, George (c. 1563-1624), a Scottish goldsmith of East Lothian family, jeweller to James VI, of Scotland, whom he accompanied to England, His father was an Edinburgh goldsmith, and in 1588 the son was admitted member of the Goldsmiths' Guild. In 1597 he became goldsmith to the queen. His second wife was the daughter of James Primrose, clerk of the Scottish Council, and father of the first Lord Rosebery. He - died in London and was buried at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, leaving nearly the whole of his fortune to a charity in Edinburgh, now known as Heriot's Hospital. It was first instituted in 1628. A new scheme was put forth in 1885 redistributing the revenues, which amount to about £3,200 a year. Most of us are acquainted with "jingling Geordie" through Scott's graphic sketch of him in the Fortunes of Nigel.