The material includes: a letter to Alexander Carlyle, 1782; student's notes of Millar's lectures on the institutions of civil law, 1794; and, a letter addressed to J. Rait 'at Professor Miller's'.
Material relating to Professor John Millar (1735-1801)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-434
- Dates of Creation1779-1794
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description2 manuscript volumes, 2 letters
- LocationDc.2.45-46; Dc.4.41/108; Dk.7.47/15
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
John Millar was born in the parish of Shotts, Lanarkshire, on 22 June 1735. He was taught to read by his uncle and he went to school in Hamilton. His studies continued in Glasgow and he attended lectures in moral philosophy. Although it was intended that he become a Minister, he followed a course in law. Millar became an Advocate in 1760 and in 1761 became Professor of Law at Glasgow University. He gave lectures in Government, on Civil Law, Jurisprudence, Scottish Law, and English Law. He supported the American struggle for independence and favoured parliamentary reform at home. He supported the agitation against the slave trade and sympathised with French revolutionaries. His works include The origin of the distinction of ranks, or An enquiry into the circumstances which gave rise to influence and authority in the different members of society (1771), and Historical view of the English government from the settlement of the Saxons in Britain to the accession of the House of Stewart (1787). Professor John Millar died at the family estate of Millheugh, Blantyre, on 30 May 1801.
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Letter to J. Rait has Accession no. E59.4.
The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol.13. Masquerier-Myles. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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