1500 - 1799

1500s

Stone seal on the front of St Leonard's Land.

Clement Litil

c 1530 - 1580

Advocate of a University in the City, benefactor and founder of the University's Library.

Clement Litil


1600s

Robert Sibbald

Sir Robert Sibbald

c 1641-1722

Graduate of the University, Professor of Medicine (1685 - 1722), founder of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Sir Robert Sibbald


1700s

David Hume

David Hume

1711 - 1776

Philosopher, historian, author of 'A Treatise of Human Nature', alumnus of the University.

David Hume

John Reid

General John Reid

1721 - 1807

Composer, musician, major benefactor of music at the University through the Reid Bequest, alumnus of the University.

General John Reid

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon

1723 - 1794

Signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, President of the College of New Jersey (Princeton), alumnus of the University.

John Witherspoon

James Hutton

James Hutton

1726 - 1797

Geologist, chemist, naturalist, father of modern geology, alumnus of the University.

James Hutton

Robert Adam

Robert Adam

1728 - 1792

Creator of many fine buildings, architect of Old College, alumnus of the University.

Robert Adam

James Boswell

James Boswell

1740 - 1795

Lawyer and diarist, biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson, alumnus of the University.

James Boswell

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush

1746 - 1813

Signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, medical graduate of the University.

Benjamin Rush

Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott

1771 - 1832

Novelist, poet, historian, father of the historical novel, alumnus of the University.

Sir Walter Scott

Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget

1779 - 1869

Physician and philologist, author of the Thesaurus of English Words & Phrases, graduate of the University.

Peter Mark Roget

William Playfair

William Henry Playfair

1790 - 1857

Creator of many fine buildings, architect of the University's Old College and New College.

William Henry Playfair

William Dick

William Dick

1793 - 1866

Pioneer of Veterinary science and education, founder of the Royal Dick Veterinary School.

William Dick

James Miranda Barry

James Miranda Barry

c1795 - 1865

Army surgeon and Inspector General of Hospitals in Canada, lived as a man and believed to be the first woman graduate of the University (1812).

James Miranda Barry

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

1795 - 1881

Historian, author of 'The French Revolution', alumnus and Rector of the University.

Thomas Carlyle


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