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Brewster, Sir David (1781–1868), natural philosopher and academic administrator, was born on 11 December 1781 in a house in the Canongate, Jedburgh, second son and third of the six children of James Brewster (c.1735–1815), rector of Jedburgh grammar school, and his wife, ...


Sir David Brewster (1781–1868) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843 © National Portrait Gallery, London