George Chapman was born in Banffshire, Scotland, in August 1723 and died in Edinburgh on 22 February 1806. He attended the local grammar school and later went to King's College, Aberdeen, graduating MA in 1741. (Aberdeen later awarded him an LL.D.) He then taught at the parish school in Alvah, near his home, and in 1747 he took up a similar post in Dalkeith. In 1751, he went to the grammar school at Dumfries; during the 1750s, he became headmaster and held this post until 1774. Afterwards, he returned to Banffshire, to establish a school at the farmhouse where he was born. Towards the end of his life he moved to Edinburgh, where he set up a printing business.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.