Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
John Stuart BlackieScottish Scholar and Patriot$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Stuart Wallace

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748611850

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748611850.001.0001

Show Summary Details

The Blackie Case

The Blackie Case

(p.99) 4 The Blackie Case
John Stuart Blackie

Wallace Stuart

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter is about John Stuart Blackie's reputation as a Latinist and his appointment to the chair of Humanity. In purely scholarly terms James Melvin was the obvious choice for any new chair of Humanity. He had a wide knowledge of classical and medieval Latin literature, in which subject he was an avid book-collector, particularly of editions of Horace. Blackie later made a disparaging comment that Melvin had narrowed his views down to version-making, and as a version-maker he lived and died. Melvin was a more minute and accurate grammarian, but Blackie felt himself to be superior in respect of general scholarship, literary accomplishment, and knowledge of the world, adding that good schoolmasters did not necessarily make good professors. The letter announcing that Blackie had been nominated, presented, and appointed to the chair of Humanity was published on 1 May 1839. Only after his death in 1853 was Melvin properly seen as the most accomplished Latinist of his day, the last in a line of Scottish scholars.

Keywords:   John Stuart Blackie, Latinist, chair of Humanity, James Melvin, Melvin, Scottish scholars

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.