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Appleton, Charles Edward Cutts Birchall (1841–1879), lecturer on philosophy and journal editor, was born on 16 March 1841, at Reading, the second son of the Revd Robert Appleton (d. 1875). He was educated at Reading School, of which his father was headmaster. He matriculated at ...

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Bicarton, Thomas (fl. 1570–1590), author and teacher of rhetoric, was probably born in St Andrews, where his father, John Bicarton, a saddler, was an early adherent of the protestant congregation—but an unruly member. In 1559 John had become trustee for the property of the expelled Dominican community. Five years later, by refusing to present one of ...

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Buchanan, Robert (1786–1873), logician and playwright, was a cadet of the clan Buchanan. He was born on 16 February 1786 at Trean, Callander, the son of John Buchanan, a farmer. He graduated MA from the University of Glasgow in 1808, where he specially distinguished himself in the philosophy classes. He was for a period tutor in the family of ...

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Cleghorn, William (1718–1754), moral philosopher and university teacher, was probably born in Edinburgh, the son of Hugh Cleghorn (d. 1734), a brewer and burgess of Edinburgh, and his wife, Jean Hamilton. He entered Edinburgh University in 1731 and graduated MA in 1739. He was probably intended for the ministry, and must have also studied divinity. It appears that he was licensed to preach, but never held charge of a parish. In 1739 and 1740 he was tutor to ...

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Colbatch, John (1665–1748), Church of England clergyman and university teacher, was the son of John Colbatch of Ludlow, Shropshire. He was educated at Westminster School, where he was made scholar in 1680, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was admitted as a pensioner in 1683. He graduated BA (1687), MA (1690), BD (1701), and DD (1706). He became a fellow of his college in 1689 and was ordained priest in 1691. In 1693 he was appointed chaplain to the British factory at ...

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Dunbar, James (d. 1798), university teacher and writer on moral philosophy, of whose upbringing and parentage details are unknown, was educated at King's College, Aberdeen, from where he received the degree of LLD. In 1765 he began a thirty-year career as a lecturer in moral philosophy at ...

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A. R. M. Finlayson

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Finlayson, James (1758–1808), Church of Scotland minister and university teacher, was born on 2 March 1758 at his family's farm at Nether Cambushenie, Dunblane, Perthshire, the eldest son of William Finlayson. He was educated first at a local school in Kinbuck, then at the grammar school in ...

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Gerard, Alexander (1728–1795), Church of Scotland minister and philosopher, was born on 22 February 1728 at Chapel of Garioch, Aberdeenshire, the eldest son of Gilbert Gerard (d. 1738), Church of Scotland minister, and his wife, Marjory Mitchell (d. 1785), the daughter of ...

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Gordon, Thomas (1714–1797), philosopher and university teacher, was born on 14 August 1714 in Aberdeen, the son of George Gordon (1673?–1730), professor of oriental languages at King's College, Aberdeen, and Margaret Fraser (bap. 1685, d. 1753), daughter of George Fraser, the college's sub-principal. ...

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Jardine, George (1742–1827), logician and university administrator, was born at Wandal, in Lanarkshire, the son of William Jardine, a landholder in that county, and his wife, the daughter of the landowning Weir of Birkwood. He attended his local parish school at Lamington before entering ...

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Lucas, Anthony (1633–1693), Jesuit and experimental philosopher, was born on 18 October 1633 in co. Durham. From about 1650 he studied at the Jesuit school at St Omer in Flanders, and he entered the Society of Jesus in May 1662. The next year he joined the ...

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Morris, Charles Richard, Baron Morris of Grasmere (1898–1990), writer on philosophy and university administrator, was born on 25 January 1898 in Sutton Valence, Kent, the elder child and elder son (the younger was Sir Philip Robert Morris, educationist) of Meshach Charles Morris, inspector of schools, and his wife, ...

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Stevenson, John (1695–1775), rhetorician and university teacher, few details survive concerning his origins, schooling, or personal life. Alexander Bower asserts only that he was educated at Edinburgh, that at the time of his appointment he was tutor to the family of Hamilton of ...

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Vinsauf, Geoffrey of [called Galfridus Anglicus] (fl. 1208–1213), poet and teacher of grammar and rhetoric, also called Anglicus, is best-known as the author of the Poetria nova ('The new poetics'), the single most successful textbook on rhetorical composition written during the middle ages. It is not known what his name means. What little is known about his life comes chiefly from the ...

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Webb, Thomas Ebenezer (1821–1903), philosopher, barrister, and literary critic, was born in Portscatho, Cornwall, on or about 8 May 1821. He was eldest of the twelve children of the Revd Thomas Webb, a Methodist minister who owned a small estate in Cornwall, and his wife, ...