1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Fraser Tytler

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:336.



Professor of Universal History in the University of Edinburgh. This gentleman distinguished himself with reputation in the controversy respecting Mary Queen of Scots. His Enquiry into the evidence produced by the Earls of Murray and Morton, written in favour of the innocence of that Queen, was first published in 1760. It has been greatly enlarged in subsequent editions, and now consists of two octavo volumes. In the year 1783, Mr. Tytler published a Plan and Outlines of his Course of Lectures on Universal History, in an octavo volume, a book whose judicious arrangement and matter render it peculiarly serviceable to the scholar. We believe [wrongly] this gentleman was the first person in these islands who adventured in an air-balloon. In the year 1784, we are told he cleared two barns and a stable.