1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Richardson

Anonymous, obituary in Gentleman's Magazine (November 1814) 509.



Nov. 3. At Glasgow, Professor William Richardson. Having in his early years acquired, in the parochial school of Aberfoyle, a considerable knowledge of the Latin Classics, together with the rudiments of the Greek language, he entered himself a student in the University of Glasgow, in 1758, where he soon distinguished himself by assiduous application to study, by the proficiency which he made in useful knowledge, and by the purity and elegance of his taste. After having finished his course of study, he was nominated as a proper person to discharge the office of Private Tutor to a young Nobleman of great promise, who, since has proved eminently serviceable to the Country, and whom he accompanied to the capital of the Russian Empire. Having found, in this situation, opportunities the most favourable for enlarging his knowledge of mankind, as well as for promoting his literary improvement, he failed not to profit by them. On a vacancy, therefore, taking place in the Humanity Chair of that University in which he had been educated, Mr. Richardson was appointed, as a person well qualified to fill the important situation; and, for upwards of forty-one years, he performed the duties of his office with honour to himself, and with much advantage to society. — On the 10th of October he, as usual, commenced the business of the Session; but death, preceded by violent sickness and excruciating pain, soon terminated his labours.