Notes from lectures by Dugald Stewart

Scope and Content

Manuscript notes taken from lectures by Dugald Stewart on political economy, 1806. The first lecture (of 42) is dated 3 Feb 1806. The notes are written on the verso only of every leaf.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dugald Stewart (1753-1828) was a renowned philosopher, who numbered Thomas Reid, Sir Archibald Alison and Sir Walter Scott amongst his friends, and Henry John Temple, 1st Viscount Palmerston, and Lord John Russell, 1st Earl Russell as his pupils. He was a Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh from 1785 to 1820. He wrote numerous works of biography and philosophy (see the British Library catalogue for details).


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Acquisition Information

Part of the Goldsmith's Library of Economic Literature, initially collected by Herbert Somerton Foxwell and presented by the Goldsmith's Company to the University of London in 1903.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Manuscript folio. Bound in half-morocco.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Smith as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Separated Material

Edinburgh University Library holds correspondence, journals and papers of Stewart, 1793-1809 (Ref: Dc 3 105-07, 4 97, 5 88, 6 111, 8 143 177-78; Gen 843, 1382-85, 1787-89, 2023); the National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh, has lecture notes, 1803-1804 (Ref: MS 3771), letters to Archibald Constable, 1809-1820 (Ref: MS 675), and correspondence with various relating to the education of Lord Henry Petty, 1796-1800, 1820 (Ref: Acc 11140); Aberdeen University Library contains lecture notes, 1785-1786; the Museum of London Library holds lecture notes, 1802-1803; Columbia University Libraries, New York, USA, have lecture notes, 1802-1803; Beinecke Library, Yale University, Connecticut, USA, contains correspondence with James Boswell, 1785; the British Library, London, holds letters to Macvey Napier, 1813-1820 (Ref: Add MSS 34611-12).

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Custodial History

This manuscript contains the bookplate of John Ramsay McCulloch (d 1864). It was part of the collection of Hugh Galbraith Reid, and was bought by Herbert Somerton Foxwell at the Reid sale, Sotheby's, 3 May 1894.


For the lectures see The collected works of Dugald Stewart (Thomas Constable & Co.: Edinburgh; Hamilton, Adams & Co.: London, 1854-60) ed Sir William Hamilton. These notes may have been among those used by Hamilton for his edition.