Duncan, Thomas


Student United College 1790-1791 Lat. Jun.; Gk. Jun. 1791-1792 Lat. Prov.; Gk. Prov.; Log. 1792-1793 Lat. Prov.; Gk. Prov.; Math. Prov.; Ethics. 1793-1794 Lat. Prov.; Gk. Prov.; N. Phil.; Civ. Hist. 1795-1796 N. Phil. (Ternar). M.A. 29.4.1795.

Student St Mary’s College 1795-1799. Exchequer bursar, 1796.

LL.D. 10.5.1856.

Assistant to Professor of Mathematics 1798 - 1802.

Professor of Mathematics 31.10.1820 - 23.3.1858 (died).


Baptised 19.10.1777 son of John Duncan, farmer, Dunino and Anne Foggie.


Assistant to Professor of mathematics 1798 - 1802. [St Andrews University]

Rector of Dundee Academy 1802 - 1819. [Teacher]

Made freeman of Dundee 18.11.1819.

Professor of Mathematics 31.10.1820 - 23.3.1858 (died). [St Andrews University] [University professor]


Supplement to Playfair's Geometry and Wood's Algebra: completing a course of mathematics, in theory and practice. (Edinburgh: Printed by Balfour and Clarke, 1822)

Syllabus of an elementary course of the higher mathematics (Edinburgh: Maclachlan and Stewart, 1837)



[Died 23.3.1858.]


  • UYUY452/10/71, 100
  • F. Boase, Modern English Biography...1851-1900. 6v. (Truro, 1892-1921)
  • Chalmers, Memoirs p55
  • Fife Herald 16.11.1854
  • Deaths Reg. St Andrews
  • Dundee Town council minute 6.11.1820 - inventory of apparatus bought for Dundee Academy
  • Professor Thomas Duncan, St Andrews, Friends of Dundee City Archives
  • also information about Thomas Duncan from the collections of the University of St Andrews Library, Reading the Collections, Week 18: Student Reminiscences, June 9, 2015.