PATON, GEORGE, an
eminent antiquary, son of John Paton, bookseller, Edinburgh, born in
1720, was a clerk in the custom-house, at a small salary. Both he and
his father were collectors of curious works on the literature, history,
and topography of Scotland. He died March 5, 1807. His valuable library
was sold by auction in 1809, and his MSS., prints, coins, &c., in 1811.
Of the ‘Paton correspondence,’ preserved in the Advocates’ Library in
Edinburgh, two small volumes were published, in 1829, and 1830, crown
8vo. Two large volumes of Mr. Paton’s letter to Gough are also in the
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