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Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie
Birth: 1792
Kirkcaldy
Fife, Scotland
Death: 1836
Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh, Scotland

Namesake of the fictional character Ebenezer Scrooge. Scroggie was a vintner and corn merchant in Edinburgh who won the first whiskey supply contract for the Royal Navy and the catering contract for the visit of George IV to Edninburgh in 1822, the first British monarch to visit the city since the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Through his mother, Scroggie was the great-nephew of the 18th century political economist and philosopher Adam Smith. In his diaries, Charles Dickens states that the Scrooge character of his 1843 novel "A Christmas Carol" stemmed from Scroggie's grave marker which he saw on an evening walk in the Canongate Churchyard in 1841. Dickens, however mistook the inscription of "meal man" (corn merchant) for "mean man" and centered his story around the miserly character. (bio by: Samuel Taylor Geer) 
 
Inscription:
"Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie - meal man".
 
Burial:
Canongate Churchyard
Edinburgh
City of Edinburgh, Scotland
Plot: The grave marker was lost during construction work at the churchyard in 1932.
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: Dec 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 102003197
Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie
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The trouble is, none of this is true. See http://conversableeconomist.blogspot.co.uk/2011/12/ebenezer-scroggins-urban-legend.html?m=1
- Rory Cunningham
 Added: Dec. 28, 2015
"For It Is Good To Be Children Sometimes, And Never Better Than At Christmas, When Its Mighty Founder Was A Child Himself." -- Charles Dickens, 'A Christmas Carol'. Rest In Peace, Ebenezer, Wherever You Are, And Merry Christmas!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: Dec. 25, 2015

- Duchess
 Added: Dec. 2, 2015
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