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Anderson, James (1739–1808)

  • J. M. A. Gee
Living reference work entry


Anderson farmed from the age of 15, first at Hermiston near Edinburgh, then at Monkshill, Aberdeenshire. Aberdeen honoured him with an LL.D. in 1780. He settled in Leith (near Edinburgh) in 1783, and founded The Bee (1790–94), a miscellany weekly magazine including literary, political and economic topics. He moved to London in 1797 and set up the magazine Recreations … (1799–1802) along the same lines as The Bee. The most important primary and secondary sources are listed below.


Anderson, James Corn Laws Development economics Edinburgh school Poor Laws 
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  1. Anderson, William. 1865. The Scottish nation, vol. 1, 126–129. Edinburgh: A. Fullarton & Co.Google Scholar
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  • J. M. A. Gee
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