Notes by James Goodsire on the lectures of Thomas Taylor, 1699

Scope and Content

Notes taken by James Goodsire on the lectures on Logic of Thomas Taylor, Regent, St Leonard's College, University of St Andrews, in 1699.

The volume comprises two sets of notes, the first written from p.5 to p.102, the second written from p.238 to p.104.

  • p.1 Heading for Theses on Logic in ruled borders laid out as for pp.5 to 102. Line drawing.
  • p.3 Listing of valid forms of the syllogism using standard notation together with a note and diagrams on eclipses.
  • p.4 Scribbles.

There follows the first set of notes, on Logic, started on 8 February 1699, in the hand of James Goodsire, comprising:

  • pp.5-40 Parts I and II on the Intellect.
  • pp.40-79 Part III on theoretical Logic, principally the syllogism.
  • pp.5-79 were completed on 1 March 1699.
  • pp.81-101 A treatise on objections to theses in Logic, the objections numerically identified in the margin, completed on 9 March 1699.This course on logic is described on p.101 as being from the dictates of Thomas Taylor.
  • p.103 Notes on objections to theses in Logic in a different hand. Also sign manual of John Goodsire.
  • pp.104-238 (completed in reverse from end of volume) Treatise on practical logic in the hand of James Goodsire, wanting pp.1-18. First part completed 14 March 1698 [p.107].Text in ruled margins with marginal enumeration of paragraphs within subject headings. pp.104-105 marginal [shorthand ?] annotations.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Goodsire studied at St Andrews from 1696, graduating with an MA in 1700.

Thomas Taylor matriculated at St Andrews in 1693 and went on to be a regent at St Leonard's College, St Andrews, from at least 1698. He became professor of philosophy and requested the degree of Medical Doctor in 1707, although it is not recorded whether he gained this degree before his death in 1708. He was involved in financial matters in the University, collecting the King's gift, a portion of the rents of the Archbishop of St Andrews given to the university, and travelled to Perth to assess the proposal to move the University to that city. In 1712 his wife offered his books, including an 8 volume set of Galen's Opera and Ovid's Metatmorphoses, to the library to pay off his debts.


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Binding: vellum with an initial I stamped. Earlier records state 'worn vellum binding stamped D.I.'. The initial D now exists only as a hole on both front and back covers.Paper: 12.7x16.1cm vertically bound.

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Custodial History

'John Farquhar or Robert Small' p.102. Sign manual of Thomas Ross inside cover. Descriptive note in the hand of Dr John Lee inside back cover.