Alexander Fraser Tytler, son of the antiquary William Tytler, studied at Edinburgh University. He passed the bar in 1770 and was judge-advocate of Scotland (1790). Tytler was professor of history at Edinburgh (1780), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a contributor to The Mirror and The Lounger. He was a friend of James Beattie, as was his father.
Phineas Fletcher, Piscatory eclogues, ed. Tytler. 1771.
Considerations on the game law. 1772.
Plan and outlines of a course of lectures on universal history. 1782.
Essay on the life and character of Plutarch. 1784; 1810.
Essay on the principles of translation. 1791; 1813.
The robbers, a tragedy [Schiller, trans.] 1792.
An essay on military law. 1800.
Elements of general history, ancient and modern. 3 vols, 1801.
Memoirs of the life and writings of ... Henry Home, Lord Kames. 1807.
Travels in France, during the years 1814-1815. 2 vols, 1815.
Universal history, ed. Tytler. 6 vols, 1834.