master of the Grammar School at Montrose, was born there in 1730. He
was the author of several classical works, of some repute in their
day. He died in 1774. His publications are:
A Grammar of
the Latin Tongue, after a New and Easy Method, adapted to the
capacities of children. 1757, 12mo.
to the making Latin, with some Remarks on the idiom of the Roman
Language. Edin. 1760, 12mo.
An Essay on
Ecclesiastical Establishments in Religion; shewing their hurtful
Tendency; and that they cannot be defended either on the Principles of
Reason or Scripture. To which are annexed, Two Discourses. Montrose,
a miscellaneous writer, was the son of a merchant in Montrose, where
he was born in 1761. He was intended for trade by his father, but his
own inclination leading him to the study of medicine, he went to
London, and entered himself at the Westminster General Dispensary, as
a pupil to Dr. Simmons. He next spent two winters at Edinburgh, and
subsequently proceeded to the continent for farther improvement; but
while he was at Paris, an advantageous offer, from a respectable
mercantile house in London, induced him to become a partner in that
house. Early in 1789 he published the first of his works, and
continued his labours as an author during subsequent years. Having
become a partner in another mercantile firm, some arrangements of
trade caused him to take a voyage to Surinam, where he died in 1796.
His works are:
the Revolution of France, and on the new Constitution established by
the National Assembly. Translated from a corrected edition of the
original French. London, 1791, 8vo. part i.
Miscellanies, Philosophical, Medical, and Moral, containing I.
Observations on the Literature of the Primitive Christian Writers. II.
Reflections suggested by the Character of Pamphilus of Caesarea. III.
Hints respecting the State and Education of the People. IV. Thoughts
on the Origin of Human Knowledge, and on the Antiquity of the World.
V. Remarks on Professor Meinerís History of Ancient Opinions
respecting the Deity. VI. Account of Dr. Ellisí Work on the Origin of
Sacred Knowledge. 1791, 8vo.