Blair, Hugh (17181800)

Blair, Hugh, clergyman, born in Edinburgh; held in succession several charges in Scotland, and became professor of Rhetoric in Edinburgh University; author of “Lectures on Rhetoric” and “Sermons,” which latter are of the nature of moral essays rather than sermons, were much esteemed at one time for their polished style, and procured him a pension of £200 from the king; he was a man of great critical acumen, and the celebrated Schleiermacher did not think it beneath him to translate some of them into German (17181800).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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