James Mylne was born in Kinnaird, Perthshire and died in Glasgow on 21 September 1839. He matriculated at St Andrews in 1775, in the class of the logic professor Robert Watson, notable for his emphasis in lectures on the need for the application of Baconian method to the study of the mind and its powers. Licensed by the Presbytery of Dundee in 1779, Mylne first took up a military chaplaincy, and in 1783 became minister of the Second Charge in Paisley. Fourteen years later he was elected to Chair of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow, and was thus effectively Reid's successor in the post. Archibald Arthur had been the University's first choice, but died less than a year after his election.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.