1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Alexander Gerard

William Forbes, in Life and Writings of James Beattie (1806) 1:35n.



The Reverend Dr. Alexander Gerard, professor of divinity, first in Marischal College, New Aberdeen, afterwards in King's College, Old Aberdeen, was another of that set of learned and philosophical friends, from whose writings those two universities have justly derived so great celebrity. He was distinguished by his publications, viz. An Essay on Taste, to which was adjudged the gold prize-medal by the philosophical society of Edinburgh; Dissertations on the Genius and Evidences of Christianity; An Essay on Genius; and two volumes of sermons. Dr. Beattie and he were constant and intimate friends from their first acquaintance. He died 22d February 1795.