Alexander Crombie

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Alexander Crombie
Born (1762-07-17)17 July 1762
Aberdeen, Scotland
Died 11 June 1840(1840-06-11) (aged 77)
York Terrace, Regent's Park, London, England, UK
Resting place St Marylebone Parish Church
Nationality British
Occupation Presbyterian minister, schoolmaster and philosopher
  • unknown
  • Jane Nory (m. 17981840)
  • Alexander Crombie
  • Lewis Crombie
  • Mary Crombie
  • Jane Crombie
  • Thomas Crombie
  • William Crombie
  • Peter Crombie

The Rev Dr Alexander Crombie (17 July 1762 Aberdeen – 11 June 1840, York Terrace, Regent's Park, London, England[1][2]) was a Presbyterian minister, schoolmaster and philosopher.


He studied at Marischal College, Aberdeen under James Beattie, gaining a MA. About 1798, he gained a LLD. He moved in the early 19th century to the London area, where he ran a school in Highgate and then one in Greenwich, Kent.

By 1822, he was resident in the fashionable Regent's Park area of London, but he inherited a substantial property in Scotland - Thornton Castle near Phesdo.

He died in York Terrace, London on 11 June 1840 and was buried at St Marylebone Church.


Crombie was married at least twice:

By his first marriage, he had a son:

  1. Alexander Crombie (1784-), a barrister-at-law of Lincoln's Inn [1]

He remarried, on 6 March 1798, at Cluny, Aberdeenshire, to Jane Nory (c. 1773–1859); the couple had children including:

  1. Lewis Crombie (1800-1880), a solicitor
  2. Mary Crombie (born 1802)
  3. Jane Crombie (1804–1846); married on 1 February 1823 at St George's, Hanover Square to Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Henry Algernon Eliot (son of Francis Perceval Eliot)
  4. Thomas Crombie (born 31 December 1806), a major in the 60th Regiment of Foot
  5. William Crombie (born 1808)
  6. Peter Crombie (born 2 January 1809)


  • An Essay on Philosophical Necessity (1793)
  • The Etymology and Syntax of the English Language Explained and Illustrated, 2 vols. (1802)
  • Gymnasium sive, symbola critica, 2 vols (1812)
  • Letters on the Present State of the Agricultural Interest Addressed to Charles Forbes, Esq. M.P. London (1816)
  • A Few Cursory Observations, in Reply to the Strictures of the Reverend Mr. Gilchrist in his Rational Grammar on a Treatise on English Etymology and Syntax. (1817)
  • A Letter to D. Ricardo, Esq. Containing an Analysis of his Pamphlet on the Depreciation of Bank Notes (1817)
  • Letters from Dr. James Gregory...with Replies (1819)
  • Clavis Gymnasii. Editioni tertiae accomodata, sive Exercitationes in symbolam criticam, partim, sicut in veteribus extant, datae, et partim a Rev. Alex. Crombie latine redditae. (1828)
  • Natural Theology; or Essays on the Existence of the Deity, and of Providence, on the Immateriality of the Soul, and a Future State, 2 vols (1829)
  • A Letter to Lieut. Col. Torrens, M.P. in answer to his Address to the Farmers of the United Kingdom (1832)
  • The Strike, or, A Dialogue between Andrew Plowman and John Treadle. (1834)
  • A Letter to Henry William Tancred, Esq, MP, on the Ballot (1837)
  • A Letter to George Grote, Esq., M.P. on the Ballot (1838)
  • Letters to W. E Gladstone (British Library Add 44356 ff 233, 237) (1839)


  1. ^ a b Obit in The Gentleman's Magazine - "He left 3 sons, Alexander Crombie, Esquire M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge and a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln's Inn, now resident at Phesdo House in Kincardineshire; Lewis Crombie, Esq, a Solicitor, and one of the Baillies of Aberdeen; Thomas Crombie, Esq, Major in the 60th Regiment on Foot, and one daughter, Jane, married in 1823 to Captain H.A. Eliot, R.N.", The Gentlemans Magazine
  2. ^ GRO Register of Deaths: JUN 1840 I 164 MARYLEBONE