Millar, John (1735–1801)
Born in Lanarkshire, the son of a Presbyterian minister, Millar was educated at Glasgow University for the Scottish Bar. He became a protégé of Adam Smith and Lord Kames, both of whom were instrumental in securing his appointment as Professor of Civil Law at Glasgow, a post he held until his death. He was a charismatic teacher who transformed the civil law curriculum by placing it on the jurisprudential foundations Smith had created for his moral philosophy lectures. He was a radical Foxite Whig and a member of the Society of the Friends of the People.
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