Correspondence of Professor George Stuart (d. 1793)

Scope and Content

The correspondence consists of: letters between Mr. Little of Liberton and Orchardhead and Dr. G. Stuart. with some remarks on James Graham, 'the Quack doctor', 1778; letters to David Steuart Erskine, 11th Earl of Buchan, 1782-1786; and, a copy of an account of the election of Stuart to the Chair of Humanity, 1742.

Administrative / Biographical History

George Stuart was born circa 1715, He held the Chair of Humanity at Edinburgh University between 1741 and 1775. Between 1747 and 1763 he also held the office of Librarian but he was said 'to have been inefficient in his management of the Library'. Stuart was the father of Dr. Gilbert Stuart (1742-1786), the historian and reviewer. Professor George Stuart died at Fisherrow, Musselburgh on 18 June 1793.

Access Information

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Note that when this record was created any associated photographic/illustrative was unseen.

The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Grant, Sir Alexander. The story of the university of Edinburgh during its first three hundred years. Vol. 2. p.174, pp.318-319. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1884. (2) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 19. Stow-Tytler. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.


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Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to Stuart related material in the Laing Collection (check the Indexes for more details): letter to Charles Mackie, 1739, in La.II.91; letters to J. Cumming, 1781-1783, and a scroll letter, 1784, at La.II.82; letter to the Earl of Buchan, 1790, at La.II.80.

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