Papers of George Palmes, 1776-1851, arts student of the University of Glasgow, Scotland

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Notes of Professor George Jardine's lectures on logic and belles lettres taken by George Palmes, 1793-1794

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George Palmes was born in 1776  in Naburn, York, England. He matriculated at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1793  where he attended the logic lectures of Professor George Jardine. He does not appear to have graduated from the University although he went on to become a JP and DL. He died in 1851 .

George Jardine, Professor of Logic at the University of Glasgow, was born in 1742 at Wandel, Lanarkshire, Scotland. In 1760, he entered the University of Glasgow and after passing with distinction through the arts and divinity courses, was licensed to preach by the presbytery of Linlithgow. In 1770, he went to Paris as tutor to the sons of Baron Mure of Caldwell, who obtained for him from David Hume introductions to Helvetius and D'Alembert. Soon after his return from France in July 1773, he failed to secure election to the Chair of Humanity at Glasgow by a single vote, but in June 1774 was appointed Professor of Greek and assistant Professor in Logic. In 1787, he became sole Professor of Logic. Jardine gave a more practical and less metaphysical turn to the teaching of his chair, established a system of daily examination, and bestowed infinite pains upon his classes, which rose from an average of fifty to one of nearly two hundred. He expounded his principles of teaching in his 'Outlines of Philosophical Education,' published at Glasgow, 1818; 2nd edit. 1825. His business powers restored the finances of the University to order. He was one of the founders in 1792, and afterwards for more than twenty years secretary, of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. For upwards of thirty years he was the representative of the presbytery of Hamilton in the general assembly. He retired from the Chair of Logic in 1824, and died on 27 Jan. 1827.

W Innes Addison, The Matriculation Albums of the University of Glasgow From 1728 to 1858 ( Glasgow, 1913 )

JTT, Jardine, George 1742-1827, Dictionary of National Biography, ( London, 1891 )


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