Robert Forsyth was born at Biggar, Lanarkshire on 18 January 1766 and died, probably at his property at Redhouse, Perthshire, on 30 September 1845. He entered Glasgow University in 1780 and afterwards studied chemistry and medicine with Joseph Black at Edinburgh while simultaneously preparing for the ministry of the Church of Scotland. His oratorical skills having failed to secure him a parish, he retrained for the law and after some difficulties was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1792. A temporary flirtation with democracy for a time impeded his career and he turned to writing on subjects as diverse as politics, agriculture and Scottish topography. His political writing was bigoted and xenophobic, and largely devoted to enforcing a partisan view of the Reformation. In later life he returned to theological concerns, writing on Old Testament studies and on the brewing Disruption crisis in the Scottish church.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.