Archibald Alison (author)
13 November 1757|
|Died||17 May 1839
|Occupation||Minister of religion
|Alma mater||Glasgow University
Balliol College, Oxford
|Subject||didactic and philosophical topics|
|Literary movement||Scottish enlightenment|
|Notable works||Essay on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790)|
|Spouse||Dorothea Gregory (m. 1784) (d. 1830)|
|Children||William Pulteney Alison, physician
Sir Archibald Alison, advocate
|Relatives||Brother-in-law of the physician James Gregory|
After studying at the University of Glasgow, where he established his lifelong friendship with Dugald Stewart, and at Balliol College, Oxford, he took orders in the Church of England, and was appointed in 1778 to the curacy of Brancepeth, near Durham. In 1784 he married Dorothea Gregory, youngest daughter of Professor Gregory of Edinburgh.
The next twenty years of his life were spent in Shropshire, where he held in succession the livings of High Ercall, Roddington and Kenley. In 1800 he moved back to Edinburgh, having been appointed senior incumbent of St Paul's Chapel in the Cowgate. For thirty-four years he filled this position with much ability; his sermons were characterised by quiet beauty of thought and grace of composition. His preaching attracted so many hearers that a new and larger church was built for him.
Alison published, besides a Life of Lord Woodhouselee, a volume of sermons, which passed through several editions, and a work entitled Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790), based on the principle of "association". His elder son, Dr William Pulteney Alison (1790–1859), was a distinguished Edinburgh medical professor. His younger son was the historian Sir Archibald Alison, 1st Baronet.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1885–1900 Dictionary of National Biography's article about Archibald Alison.|
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.