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320 BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. Ckmtess of Loudoun, etc., amongst whose paternal honours it is not least that she is the representative of the ancient family of Crawfurd of Loudoun, one of whom gave birth to the renowned and immortal Wallace.” In the introductory sketches of the lives of Earbour and Henry, if the author has failed in adding any previously unknown facts, he has been happy enough to expose several gross inaccuracies of former biographers ; and while the text is revised with the utmost care, many doubtful passages are explained and illustrated in copious notes by the Editor. Two notable events in the life of Wallacethe ‘(burning of the barns, or barracks of Ayr,” and his betrayal by ‘‘ the false Menteith,” as related by Henry -he effectually vindicates from the scepticism of the learned author of the “Annals of Scotland.” Were it not for the length to which they extend, we could willingly quote Dr. Jamieson’s remarks on these popular incidents, not only because the work itself is scarce, but as a specimen of the writer’s felicity of argument in matters of controversy. In 1851 Dr. Jamieson published his “Historical Account of the Ancient Culdees of Iona” ‘-a work characterised by the author’s usual depth of research. Though somewhat heavy, and probably defective in style, the antiquarian reader is amply repaid for his perusal, by the erudition and ingenuity with which the author contends for the apostolic mode of church government which prevailed while Christianity flourished in this country under the propagation of the nionastics of Icolmkill. In 1827 Dr. Jamieson was admitted a member of the Bannatyne Club, which was founded by Sir Walter Scott. This literary Society is strictly limited in number ; and it is almost as difficult to procure adinission as it is to obtain a seat in Parliament. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh; of the American Antiquarian Society ; of the Society of Northern Literature of Copenhagen ; and an Associate of the First Class of Royal Associates of the Royal Society of Literature of London. The ‘(Views of the Royal Palaces of Scotland,” which appeared in 1828, we believe,. was the last acknowledged publication by the venerable author. In 1830, in consequence of old age and increasing infirmities, Dr. Jamieson resigned the charge of the congregation over which he had so long presided, and in whose affections his learning, piety, and benevolence secured for him a lasting hold. It is gratifying to think that his literary labours, directed as they were chiefly to subjects of antiquity, and less likely to prove remunerative than the works of more popular authors, were not entirely overlooked by Government. The small pension he enjoyed was no more than a just appreciation of his arduous historical researches and laborious philological investigations. Dr. Jamieson married, in 1781, Charlotte, daughter of Robert Watson, Esq. of Easter Rhind, Perthshire. Out of a family of seventeen children only two In Lockhart’a Life of Scott it is mentioned that the publishers lost considerably by the limited sale of this work.
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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. 321 daughters and one son survived. One of his sons, the late Robert Jameson, Esq., advocate, was a distinguished member of the Scottish bar ;’ and whose premature demise alone prevented his being raised to the bench ; another, Mr. Alexander, bookseller in Edinburgh, was the reputed author of a well-known little work entitled “A Trip to London in a Berwick Smack.” The following, we believe, is a pretty accurate list of Dr. Jamieson’s works :- Sermons on the Heart. 2 vols. 8vo. 1789. Sorrows of Slavery; a Poem, containing a faithful statement of facts respecting the Slave Trade. Loud 1789. 12mo. Socinianism Unmasked, occasioned by Dr. Macgill’s Practical Essay on the Death of Christ. 8vo. An O r d i t i o n Sermon. 8vo. A Dialogue between the Devil and a Socinian Divine, on the contlnp.8 of the other world. 8vo. An alarm to Great Britain ; or an Inquiry into the Rapid Progress of Infidelity in the present age. Loud. 1795. l2mo. Vindication of the Doctrine of Scripture, and of the Primitive Faith, concerning the Divinity of Christ, in reply to Dr. Priestly’s History of Early Opinions, &e. 2 vols. 8vo. 1795. Conga1 and Fenella, a Tale. 8vo. Eternity; a Poem, addressed to Freethinkers and Philosophical Christians, 8vo. Loud. 1798. Remarks on Rowland Hill’s Journal. 8vo. Loud. 1799. The Use of Sacred Histot?., especially as illustrating and confirming the Qreat Doctrines of Revelation. To which are prefixed Two Dissertations, the first on the Authenticity of the History contained in the Pentateuch and the Book of Joshua ; the second, proving that the Books ascribed to Moses were actually written by him, and that he wrote them by Divine Inspiration. 2 vols. 8vo. Loud. 1802. Important :Trial in the Court of Conscience. 8vo. Lond. 1806. An Etymological Dictionary OP the Scottish Language ; illustrating the words in their different significations by examples Prom ancient and modern writers; showing their affinity to those of other languages, and especially the Northern: explaining many terms which, though now obsolete in England, were formerly common to both countries and elucidating National Rites, Customs, and I n stitutions, in analogy to those of other Nations To which is pretlxed a Dissertation on the Origin of the Scottish Language. 2 vols. 4tO. Edm. 1809-10. Two supplemental volumes were added in 1825. rhe Same Abridged, and published under the title of An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language, in which the words are explained in their differeLt senses, authorised by the names OP the writers by whom they are used, or the titles of the works in which they occur, and deduced from their originals. 8vo. Edin. 1814. Phe Beneficent Woman, a Sermon. 8vo. 1811. Bermes Scythicus, or the Radical Affinities oP the Greek and Latin Languages to the Qothic, illustrated from the Moeso-Gothic, Anglo-Saxon, French, . Alemannic, Suio-Qothic, Islandic, etc. To which is pretixed a Dissertation on the Historical Proofs of the Scythm Origin of the Greeks. 8vo. Lond. 1814. On the Origin of Cremation, or the Burning of the Dead. Tram. Soc. Edin. viii 83. 1817. The Hopes of an Empire reversed ; or the Night OP Pleasure turned into Fear : a Sermon on the Death of the Princess Charlotte. 1818. The Duty, Excellency, and Pleasantness of Brotherly Unity, in Three Sermons. 8vo. 1819. Historical Account of the Ancient Culdees oP Iona, and of their Settlement in Scotland, England, and Ireland. 4to. Edin. 1821. Sletzer’s Theatrum Scotiaz, with Illustratious, etc. Folio. Views of the Royal Palacps 01 Scotland, with Historical and Topopphical Illustrations. Royal 4to 1821. Remarks on the Progress of the Roman Army in Scotland during the Sixth Campaign of Agricola, and an Account of the Roman Camps of Battledykes and Hwrfauds with the Via Mdlituris extending between them, in the County of Forfar ; forming part of Bibliotheca Topographica Britannica, No. 36, 4to. The Water Kelpie, or Spirit of the Waters, with a Glossary, published in the third volume of Scott‘s Mimtrelsy of the Border. Besides the above acknowledged publications, Dr. Jamieson contributed occasionally to the periodical works of the day. In particular, he was the writer of an article in the Westminster Review upon the Origin of the Scottish Nation, which attracted considerable notice. Nor, amid the cares of advancing Mr. Robert Jameson wiw also a member of the Bannatyne .Club, and presented 85 his contribution, in 1830, a beautiful reprint, in 4t0, of “Simeon Grahame’s Anatomie of Humours,” originally printed at Edinburgh in 1609 ; and the “ Passionate Sparke of a Relenting Minde,” also by Grahame, and published at London in 1604. He spelt his name differently from his father, uniformly writing Janaeson in place of Jamison. To which there is prefixed a brief prefatory notice. VOL 11. 2T
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