Material relating to the Teaching of Professor John Stevenson LL.D. (fl. 1730-1775)

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 237 Coll-503
  • Dates of Creation
  • Language of Material
      Latin, and English.
  • Physical Description
      1 manuscript volume, 1 part volume Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
  • Location
      Dc.4.54; Dk.3.2, pp.210-215

Scope and Content

The material includes: essays written by students in Stevenson's class, 1737-1750; and, notes from lectures on logic, 1775.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Stevenson became Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at Edinburgh University in 1730. Previously he had been a tutor to the Hamilton family of Bergenie. He had not been an MA graduate of the University. Stevenson introduced the philosophy of Locke to the University and his lectures on criticism were given just at the time of a revival in literature in Scotland. Stevenson died at the age of eighty.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.


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. pp. 328-330. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1884.

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.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

The local Indexes show other references to Stevenson related material (check the Indexes for more details): letters to Charles Mackie, at La.II.91.