George Jardine was born in Wandel, Lanarkshire to a family whose ancestors had lived there for over two hundred years. He died on 27 January 1827. He attended Glasgow University, studying both theology and the ‘human sciences’, and was made preacher in the presbytery of Linlithgow in the 1760s. A man of many skills, he worked primarily as an educator, and in 1771 became tutor to the sons of Baron William Mure of Caldwell; David Hume recommended him for this post and later described him as a ‘man of sense and knowledge’. He turned out to be more fortunate than Hume was in his academic ambitions, and in 1774 he became Professor of Greek and Assistant Professor of Logic in the University of Glasgow; in 1787, he took up the chair of logic and rhetoric in Glasgow and held it until 1824.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.