Album, containing 'Universal grammar...' written by James Trail, Minister of St Cyrus, and lecture notes on logic by his brother David Trail, Minister of Panbride. Edit




  • 1773-1850. (Creation)


  • 110 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1944.

  • Custodial History

    The album was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Arrangement

    vi + 104 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The contents are as follows.

    (i) 'Universal Grammar, written by James Trail ... Panbride ... 1773' (folio iv);

    (ii) 'A Compend of Logic, in four parts, by Robert Watson, Master of Arts, Professor of Rhetoric & Logic in the University of St. Andrews' (folio 30).

    From the notices on folio i, 'James Trail, May, 1775', 'To Da. Trail, 1782', and 'Bot at Dr. Trail's roup by C.R.' (i.e., Reverend Charles Rogers), it seems that the grammar was written by James Trail, Minister of St Cyrus, 1797-1816, and the logic-notes were taken by his brother David, Doctor of Divinity, Minister of Panbride, 1798-1850, who was a student at St Andrews.