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David Doig

(1719—1800) writer on history and philosophy


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David Doig was born at Monifieth, Forfarshire (Scotland) and died at Stirling on 16 March 1800. Because of his doubts about some of the theological doctrines expounded in the Westminster Confession, he left off his divinity studies at the University of St Andrews and began a career as a schoolmaster in 1749. After brief stints at various minor parochial schools, he served as rector of the Stirling Grammar School for the next forty years. Despite working on the social margins of the intellectual community of his day, Doig nevertheless achieved recognition as a man of learning; he was given honorary degrees by the Universities of St Andrews (MA. 1790) and Glasgow (LL.D., 1790), and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1798) and a corresponding member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1781).

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From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Philosophy.


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