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Alexander Adam


1741 - 1809

Antiquary, author and educator. Born at Burgie (near Forres in Moray), the youngest son of a farmer, Adam became known as an innovative educator. He moved to Edinburgh in 1858 and took classes at the University, while lodging in a small room at Restalrig and living on a diet of porridge. He was appointed as headmaster of George Watson's Hospital (1761-68), going on to become Rector of the High School of Edinburgh, holding this position until his death. Here he inspired the young Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832).

His works include a Rudiments of Latin and English Grammar (1772), A Summary of Geography and History, Roman Antiquities (1791) and a Latin dictionary (1805).

He took ill in his beloved classroom and died five days later.


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