JAMES FORDYCE, D.D., 1720-1796, a native of Aberdeen, brother of David, James, and Sir William, also noticed in this Dictionary, was educated at Marischal Coll., and became minister successively at Brechin, Alloa, and of a dissenting congregation of Monkwell Street, London. He pub. several serms. poems, &c. 1752-91. 1. Character and Conduct of the Female Sex, 1776, 8vo. 2. Addresses to Young Men, Lon. 1777, 2 vols, 8vo. His best-known work is the collection entitled Serms. to Young Women, 1765, 2 vols, 12mo; 9th ed., 1778, 2 vols. sm. 8vo.
"They discover much genius and imagination, a correct taste, no little knowledge of the world, and a happy method of engaging the attention and interesting the feelings." — Wilson's Dissenters.