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The DNB names " Patrick Alison, provost of Edinburgh" as AA's father, however the Biographical annals of the parish of Colinton (Thomas Murray; Edmonston and Douglas, 1863) says that AA was "the son of Mr Andrew Alison, a member of the Merchant Company, who was twice (1760 and 1763) one of the magistrates of that city".
The 'Biographical annals of the parish of Colinton' article appears to form the basis of the entry in 'A biographical dictionary of eminent Scotsmen':