James Browne (writer)

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James Browne (1793 – 8 April 1841), Scottish man of letters, was born at Whitefield, Perthshire. He was educated at Edinburgh and at the University of St. Andrews, where he studied for the church. He wrote a Sketch of the History of Edinburgh, for Ewbank's Picturesque Views of that city (1823–1825).

In 1826 he became a member of the Faculty of Advocates, and obtained the degree of LL.D. from King's College, University of Aberdeen. His works include a Critical Examination of Macculloch's Work on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland (1826), Aperçu sur les Hieroglyphes d'Egypte (Paris, 1827), a Vindication of the Scottish Bar from the Attacks of Mr. Broughton, and A History of the Highlands and of the Highland Clans (1834–1836). He was appointed editor of the Caledonian Mercury in 1827; and two years later he became sub-editor of the seventh edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica, to which he contributed a large number of articles.

In the 1830s he lived at 11 Comely Bank[1] in Edinburgh and was frequently visited by his friend Daniel O'Connell.

Browne died at Woodbine Cottage on York Road in the Trinity area on 8 April 1841.[2]


  1. ^ http://digital.nls.uk/directories/browse/pageturner.cfm?id=83399895&mode=transcription
  2. ^ http://www.oldandnewedinburgh.co.uk/volume5/page89.html
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Browne, James". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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