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DOUGALL, JOHN, a learned miscellaneous writer, was a native of Kirkaldy, where his father was the master of the grammar school. He studied for some time at the university of Edinburgh, applying himself particularly to classical literature, to mathematics, and to the acquirement of the modern languages of Europe. He was afterwards employed as tutor and travelling companion, in which capacity he made the tour of Europe. Subsequently he became private secretary to General Melville. Ultimately he settled in London as an author by profession, and translator of works from the French and Italian languages. He died in 1822, in great indigence. He was the author of:

      Military Adventures, 8vo.

      The Modern Preceptor, or a General Course of Polite Education. 1810, 2 vols. 8vo.

      The Cabinet of Arts, including Arithmetic, Geometry, and Chemistry, 2 vols. 8vo.

      Espana Maritima, or Spanish coasting Pilot, translated from the Spanish. London, 1813, 4to.

      He also contributed to various scientific and literary works, and for some years he was employed, under the patronage of the late duke of York, in preparing a new translation of Caesar’s Commentaries, with Notes and Illustrations, which, however, he did not live to complete.

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