1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Millar

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 71 (July 1801) 672-73.



John Millar, esq. advocate, and professor of civil and Scotish law in the University of Glasgow. He was called to the bar in 1760, but an early marriage induced him to relinquish the prospects of the bar for the more certain situation abovementioned, which he followed for near 40 years. He taught two classes of civil law; in the first, delivering lectures on the Institutions, in the other, on the Pandects, of Justinian; and, in 1771, found leisure to publish part of them in quarto, in his Origin of the Distinction of Ranks, which contains a sketch of his opinions respecting the chief of what, in the civil law, are called the rights of persons, and also a very short view of the first part of his lectures on government. In 1787 he published, also in quarto, the first volume of An historical View of the English Government, tracing the progressive changes of property, state of the people and government, from the Saxons to the accession of the House of Stuart. In politicks he thought with the late Marquis of Rockingham and Mr. Fox; and, though he regretted the excesses to which revolutionary principles had been carried in France, he looked forward to a more equitable form of government at a general peace. Robert Davison, esq. advocate, is appointed to succeed him in his professorships.