David Hume
David Hume (/ˈhjuːm/; 7 May 1711 NS – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scept...
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Adam Smith
Adam Smith (16 June 1723 NS – 17 July 1790) was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure.Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory...
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Alexander Campbell (clergyman)
Alexander Campbell (12 September 1788 – 4 March 1866) was a Scots-Irish immigrant who became an ordained minister in the United States and joined his father Thomas Campbell as a leader of a refor...
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Burns Monument, Kilmarnock
The Burns Monument in Kay Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland, commemorates the poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). It is located at an elevated position within Kay Park, to the east of Kilmarnock Town Centre. The ...
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John Leslie (physicist)
Sir John Leslie (10 April 1766 – 3 November 1832) was a Scottish mathematician and physicist best remembered for his research into heat.Leslie gave the first modern account of capillary action in 1802...
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Patrick Murray, 5th Lord Elibank
Patrick Murray, 5th Lord Elibank (1703–1778) was a Scottish soldier, lawyer, author and economist.
He was the son of Patrick Murray, 4th Lord Elibank (1677-1736), and his wife Elizabeth (died 1756...
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George Fergusson, Lord Hermand
George Fergusson, Lord Hermand FRSE (1743–1827) was a Scottish advocate and judge.
Fergusson was the eighth son of Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, bart., by his wife Jean Maitland, only ch...
Robert Dundas of Arniston, the younger
Robert Dundas of Arniston, the younger FRSE (1713–1787) was a Scottish judge.The eldest son of Robert Dundas (1685–1753), he was educated at Edinburgh University and studied Roman law at Utrecht Unive...
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Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. This transition included going from hand production methods...
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Watt steam engine
The Watt steam engine (alternatively known as the Boulton and Watt steam engine) was the first type of steam engine to make use of steam at a pressure just above atmospheric to drive the piston helped...
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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, Baron Dunira PC FRSE (28 April 1742, Arniston, Midlothian – 28 May 1811, Edinburgh) was a Scottish advocate and Tory politician. He was the first Secretary of Stat...
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Robert Adam
Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA (Scot) FSA FRSA (3 July 1728 – 3 March 1792) was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam (1689–1748), the c...
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John Erskine (theologian)
John Erskine (1721–1803), the Scottish theologian, was born near Dunfermline at Carnock, on 2 June 1721. His father was the great Scottish jurist John Erskine of Carnock and his grandfather was Colone...
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James Mundell
James Mundell (died 1762) was a Scottish educator. He founded and ran the exclusive Mr Mundell's school in the West Bow of Edinburgh, from 1735 to 1762.He was uncle of Robert Mundell, rector of Wallac...
James Bonar (scholar)
James Bonar FRSE (1757–1821) was a Scottish lawyer and amateur astronomer. He served as Solicitor of Excise in Scotland, and was known as a scholar and supporter of learned societies.
The eighth s...
John Anderson (natural philosopher)
John Anderson FRSE FRS FSA(Scot) (26 September 1726 – 13 January 1796) was a Scottish natural philosopherand liberal educator at the forefront of the application of science to technology in the indust...
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Problem of evil
In the philosophy of religion, the problem of evil is the question of how to reconcile the existence of evil with that of a deity who is, in either absolute or relative terms, omnipotent, omniscient, ...
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John Playfair
John Playfair FRSE, FRS (10 March 1748 – 20 July 1819) was a Scottish scientist and mathematician, and a professor of natural philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is perhaps best known for hi...
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George Turnbull (theologian)
George Turnbull (11 July 1698 – 31 Jan 1748) was a Scottish philosopher, theologian, teacher, writer on education and an early but little-known figure in the Scottish Enlightenment. He taught at Ma...
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Homecoming Scotland 2009
Homecoming Scotland 2009 was a series of events designed to attract people of Scottish ancestry to visit Scotland. The campaign, organised by EventScotland and VisitScotland on behalf of the Scottish ...
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Robert Burns' diamond point engravings
Robert Burns came to know James Cunninghamme, Earl of Glencairn in Edinburgh in 1786 through a 'Letter of Introduction' provided by Dalrymple of Orangefield who was married to Lady Glencairn's sister....
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Henry Moyes
Henry Moyes (c1750 – 1807) was a Scottish lecturer on natural philosophy.
As an itinerant public speaker he helped raise 18th century popular interest in the new field of chemistry. He mixed with ...
Hume's fork
Hume's fork is an explanation, developed by later philosophers, of David Hume's aggressive, 1730s division of "relations of ideas" from "matters of fact and real existence". On the necessary versus c...
Archibald Davidson
Archibald Davidson (c. 1732 – 1803) was a Scottish Minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and Principal of Glasgow University.
Not a great deal is known about ...
James Burnett, Lord Monboddo
James Burnett, Lord Monboddo (baptised 25 October 1714; died 26 May 1799) was a Scottish judge, scholar of linguistic evolution, philosopher and deist. He is most famous today as a founder of modern c...
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Sir John Sinclair, 1st Baronet
Sir John Sinclair, 1st Baronet (10 May 1754 – 21 December 1835) was a Scottish politician, writer on finance and agriculture and the first person to use the word statistics in the English languag...
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John Dalrymple (political writer)
John Dalrymple (1734–1779) was a Scottish writer. He wrote numerous political tracts, among which Answers for the Right Honourable John Dalrymple, Lord Provost of the city of Edinburgh, and othe...
George Clerk-Maxwell
Sir George Clerk-Maxwell, 4th Baronet FRSE (1715–1784), of Penicuik (simply Clerk prior to his marriage), was a Scottish landowner who served as the Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer in Exchequer (1741), ...