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CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
LevelFonds
Ref NoMS 301
TitleLectures by Professor Thomas Gordon, Professor of Humanity, King's College on moral philosophy and logic taken by unidentified student
Date1780
Extent0.05 linear metres
Creator NameStudent unknown
Gordon, Thomas (1714-1797); professor of Humanity, King's College
Administrative HistoryThomas Gordon was a professor of Greek and philosophy at King's College, Aberdeen. He was born in 1714, the son of George Gordon, professor of Hebrew at King's College (1693-1730). After graduating M.A. from Aberdeen in 1731 Thomas Gordon pursued a lifelong academic career there and taught future Enlightenment luminaries such as Dr John Gregory (1724-1773). He was also a secretary of the Aberdeen Philosophical Society (1761-1764 and 1767-1771). Thomas Gordon's daughter, Anna Gordon Brown, was a noted ballad collector whose ballad manuscripts contributed greatly to nineteenth century collections, including Walter Scott's 'Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.'
SourceExact provenance unclear, part of the schoolmaster James Melvin's (1795-1853) collection. Dr James Melvin was born in 1795 in Aberdeen and educated there at the Grammar School and at Marischal College, where he graduated A.M. in 1816. He was a teacher and later also lecturer in humanity (Latin) at his old college. He was a careful and successful teacher and an eminent Latin scholar, and ‘Latin Exercises as dictated by the late James Melvin, LL.D.’ was published in 1857 (four years after his death in 1853) by the rector of Grantown Grammar School: it was subsequently revised and re-edited by other teachers. He produced a Latin grammar in 1822, of which there were several editions. His library of over 6,000 books (mostly a fine collection of classical and mediaeval Latin literature) was left to Marischal College, Aberdeen.
DescriptionNotes on moral philosophy.
Access StatusOpen
Physical Description210 pages, bound.
Related MaterialSee MS 3107, 'Papers of Professor Thomas Gordon and Professor Robert Eden Scott, King's College'
Publication Note'The papers of Professor Thomas Gordon and Professor Robert Eden Scott', ' Northern Scotland, 6 (1984), 75-80.
Persons
CodeName
NA15911Melvin; James (1795-1853); schoolmaster
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