I never knew this – the person on which Ebenezer Scrooge was based (erroneously, so it turns out) – Ebenezer Scroggie.
In life, Scroggie was apparently a rambunctious, generous and licentious man who gave wild parties, impregnated the odd serving wench and once wonderfully interrupted the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland by grabbing the buttocks of a hapless countess…
Scroggie was born in Kirkcaldy, Fife; his mother was the niece of Adam Smith, the 18th century political economist and philosopher.
That was almost two meanies from Kirkcaldy then! (Just kidding, Smith fans.)