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LOW, GEORGE, 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.

LOW, DAVID, an eminent Episcopalian divine. See SUPPLEMENT.

LOW, DAVID, a distinguished professor of agriculture. See SUPPLEMENT.

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