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The Burns Encyclopedia
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Stewart, Professor Dugald (1753-1828)

An eighteenth century metaphysician who, in his nineteenth year, became assistant to his father, Professor Matthew Stewart (1717-85), who held the Chair of Mathematics in the University of Edinburgh. Dugald was elected to succeed him. But in 1785, Professor Dugald Stewart exchanged his Chair for that of Moral Philosophy. He attained a considerable reputation in his day as a metaphysician, a reputation which later philosophers have not, however, endorsed.

In August 1786, Dr Mackenzie of Mauchline sent a copy of the Kilmarnock Edition to Dugald Stewart, then in vacation at his country seat, Catrine Bank, Catrine, near Mauchline. Stewart was much impressed by Burns's genius, and on 23rd October, had Burns to dinner with him at Catrine. Among the guests was Lord Daer, and although Burns had expressed sentiments hardly flattering to the aristocracy in the past- 'You see you birkie ca'd a lord'-he changed his tune in 'Lines on Meeting with Lord Daer' to:

"This wot ye all whom it concerns:
I, Rhymer Rab, alias Burns,
October twenty-third,
A ne'er to be forgotten day,
Sae far I sprachled up the brae,
I dinner'd wi'a Lord."

During the following winter in Edinburgh, Burns was given a good deal of attention and hospitality by Stewart. Of Stewart's lectures, Lord Cockburn said: 'Stewart supplied both young and old with philosophical ideas on what they had scarcely been accustomed to think philosophical subjects, unfolded the elements and the ends of that noble science, and so recommended it by the graces of his eloquence that even his idler hearers retained a permanent taste for it.'

The Professor died in Edinburgh on 11th June 1828. A Monument to his memory by W. H. Playfair was put up on the Calton Hill in 1832.

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