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STEWART, MATTHEW. 15/01/1717-23/01/1785. Ref: 1441. Male.

  • Titles and British Honours: Rev.
  • Place of Birth: Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
  • Place of Death: Catrine, Ayrshire.
  • Place of interment: Greyfriar's Edinburgh.
  • Profession: Minister of Religion, Mathematician.
  • Appointments Held: Minister 1745-7, Roseneath, Dumbartonshire; Professor 1747-72, Joint Professor 1772-5, Mathematics Edinburgh University.
  • Schools and Tutors: Rothesay Grammar School.
  • Undergraduate Studies: Glasgow University, Edinburgh University.
  • Postgraduate Studies: DD(Hon. Glasgow 1756).
  • Publications: "General Theorems of Use in the Higher Parts of Mathematics" 1746, "Tracts Physical and Mathematical" 1761.
  • Marital Status: Married Marjory Stewart of Catrine, Ayrshire d.1771.
  • Family: son Dugald Stewart FRSE 1753-1828.
  • Mother: Janet Bannatyne.
  • Father: Rev Dugald Stewart, Minister of Rothesay, Isle of Bute.
  • Other Family: Grandfather of Patrick Miller FRSE 1782-1871 and of Matthew Stewart, FRSE c1784-1851.

References: DNB 54, 1898, 336-7; Trans Roy Soc Edinb. I, Appendix 57-76, (3/4/1786); Anderson 3, 517-8; Shapin 443; S Devlin-Thorp Scotland's Cultural Heritage 1, 1981; W P Anderson 1931, 374-5.

  • Memberships: FRS (1764).
  • Date of Election: 17/11/1783.
  • Proposers: Founder Member.
  • Edinburgh Philosophical Society: Residential.
  • Notes: Date of birth was probably 1719, see W P Anderson 1931, p.375.
  • Fellow Type: OF.

SOURCE: Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Biographical index of former fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1783-2002: Biographical Index. II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. page 893

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1717
January 15, 1717
1753
November 22, 1753
Age 36
Edinburgh, Scotland
1785
January 23, 1785
Age 68