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The leading teacher of anatomy in the 1820s, Dr Knox is best known today for his involvement in the murders carried out by Burke and Hare, the most notorious in Scottish history. They had sold the bodies of their victims to Knox for use in dissections at his anatomy school. He was never prosecuted, but was eventually forced to leave Edinburgh under public pressure and unable to attract classes to his lectures. He died in London where he is buried in an unmarked grave.

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Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson