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Memoir of the Late James Pillans, LL.D,
Professor of Roman Literature, University of Edinburgh including a review of his services in the cause of Education by "Free Lance" (1869)


The 'Memoir' does not exceed fifty-six octavo pages; but within these limits the author has condensed a vast amount of valuable information regarding the history of Pillans and some of his celebrated contemporaries on both sides of the Tweed. The style of this little work is always clear, accurate, and scholarly; while the analysis, alike of personal character and of educational systems, shows great perspicacity of intellect and equity of judgment. Pillans is here vividly pourtrayed as Francis Horner's favourite playmate; as one of Dr Alexander Adam's prize-boys; as Dugald Stewart's devoted student and admirer; as a resident tutor in Ayrshire, Northumberland, and Eton; as rector of our Metropolitan Grammar School; as our Metropolitan professor of Latin; as a well-employed 'Edinburgh Reviewer;' as the champion of classical learning against the vulgar sciolism of Materialistic quacks; as the advocate of national instruction; as the scholastic Nestor who taught and survived whole generations of pupils; and, finally, as the cherished friend and constant correspondent of many, ranking among the greatest Englishmen and foreigners of his time." Edinburgh Courant.

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