an ingenious naturalist, was born, in 1746, at Edzel, in
Forfarshire. He studied both at the universities of Aberdeen and St.
Andrews, and distinguished himself by his proficiency in the various
branches of natural history. He afterwards became tutor in the
family of Mr. Graham of Stromness, and when Mr., afterwards Sir
Joseph, Banks, with Dr. Solander, visited that quarter, he
accompanied them in their excursions through the Orkney and Shetland
islands. In 1774 he was ordained minister of the parish of Birsay
and Harray, on the Mainland of Orkney. Having been introduced by Sir
Joseph Banks to Mr. Pennant, by the advice of the latter he
undertook a ‘Fauna Orcadensis,’ and a ‘Flora Orcadensis.’ He died in
1795. In 1813, 18 years after his death, his ‘Fauna’ was published
by Dr. W. F. Leach, in one vol. 4to. It bore the title of ‘Fauna
Orcadensis; or the Natural History of the Quadrupeds, Birds,
Reptiles, and Fishes, of the Orkney and Shetland Isles.’ Mr. Low
left behind him other MSS., particularly a translation of Torfaeus’s
History of Orkney, and a Tour through Orkney and Shetland.
an eminent Episcopalian divine. See SUPPLEMENT.
a distinguished professor of agriculture. See SUPPLEMENT.