A Dissertation on The Royal Line and First Settlers of Scotland; in which The Opinion of Doctor Robertson, ‘That the Ancient Britons were indebted to The Romans for the Art of Writing, and the Use of Numbers’ is fairly considered; and the Place determined whereon was fought the terrible Battle of the Grampian Hills.

  • Henderson, Andrew
  • London: Printed by A. Bridgman, for J. Henderson and J. Fox 1771
  • ESTC T116389


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8vo, pp. 47, [1]. Modern stiff marbled wrappers with printed label. Paper flaw to one leaf, touching a few lines of text without loss.


A scarce pamphlet (6 copies listed in ESTC, only 1 in the USA) taking the form of a letter from Andrew Henderson (fl. 1731-1775) attacking the scholarship of William Guthrie (1708-1770) in his 'A General History of Scotland' published in 1767. Henderson condemns Guthrie as 'a man of no reach of thought, incapable of tracing out a matter with judgement,' further alleging that Guthrie translated his Cicero from the French, knowing no Latin, and that his histories of Scotland and England are both cribbed from other sources. Henderson himself is described in the ODNB as 'extremely patriotic' and is equally as forthcoming in this pamphlet in his praise of fellow Scots; his own history of Scotland, though reportedly existing in manuscript form in 1771, was never published.

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