Alexander Geddes

(1737—1802) Roman Catholic priest and biblical scholar

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(1737–1802) Catholic priest, linguist, and biblical scholar, born in Rathven, Aberdeenshire, and educated at the Scots College in Paris. His ‘Dissertation on the Scoto-Saxon Dialect’, which appeared in the Transactions of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1792), discusses the theory and practice of the Scots language, and complains of the new vogue for introducing ‘low words and trite proverbial phrases’ instead of seeking the ‘genuine Scottish idiom’.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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