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Matthew Stewart

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Dugald Stewart, Min. of Rothesay and Janet Bannatyne
Husband of Marjory Stewart of Catrine
Father of Duguld Stewart, Professor of Moral Philosophy Edinburgh University and Janet Stewart
Brother of Margaret Stewart

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About Matthew Stewart, Professor of Mathematics Edinburgh University

Biographical Summary

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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Matthew Stewart, Professor of Mathematics Edinburgh University's Timeline

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