Encyclopædia Edinensis

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The Encyclopædia Edinensis was a six-volume general encyclopedia published in Edinburgh in 1827, and intended for a popular audience. It was edited by James Millar, who died just before it was complete.[1]

Editorial staff[edit]

  • James Millar, principal editor
  • Jeremiah Kirby and Richard Poole, main editors and contributors.[2] Poole wrote articles on "Mental Diseases".[3]
  • John Sommers, minister at Falkirk, was proprietor and also editor for the last three volumes.[4]

The editorial line was quite sympathetic to phrenology. According to the Phrenological Journal, Sommers approved the inclusion of the uncritical article "Phrenology".[5] Poole in 1819 wrote for the encyclopedia an article on education, an early treatment from the point of phrenology.[6]

Other contributors[edit]


  1. ^ David Philip Miller (2004). Discovering Water: James Watt, Henry Cavendish, and the Nineteenth Century 'Water Controversy'. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-7546-3177-4. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b James Millar, Encyclopedia Edinensis; or, Dictionary of arts, sciences, and literature vol. 1 (1827), p. vi; archive.org.
  3. ^ The Journal of psychological medicine and mental pathology. Churchill. 1851. p. 157. Retrieved 19 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Scotland; Society for the Benefit of the Sons and Daughters of the Clergy (1845). The new statistical account of Scotland. W. Blackwood and Sons. p. 369. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  5. ^ The phrenological journal and miscellany. s.n. 1824. pp. 641–3. Retrieved 20 May 2012. 
  6. ^ The Phrenological journal and miscellany. Printed for the Proprietors. 1826. p. 171. Retrieved 20 May 2012.