Walter Anderson was born near Edinburgh and died on 31 August 1800 at Chirnside. The extent of his early education is unknown. He was trained, or at least self-trained, as a historian and published his first book in 1755, The History of Croesus, King of Lydia. He later published a history of France under Francis II and Charles IX and other works on European matters. His most significant publication was his Philosophy of Ancient Greece (1791), an imposing and erudite work.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.