Leyden, John


M.A. and M.D. 7.8.1802 by examination.

Said to have been a divinity student at St Andrews, but not in class lists.


Baptised 8.9.1775 son of John Leyden, Cavers and Isabel Scott.


At St Andrews 1797-1798 as tutor to William Gunning Campbell and George Campbell.

Licensed by St Andrews presbytery 1797. [Minister]

L.R.C.S.E. 1802.

Assistant surgeon Army Medical Service 1802 etc. [Doctor] [Orientalist]

Publications on medicine and poetry.

Scotish descriptive poems; with some illustrations of Scotish literary antiquities. (Edinburgh: Printed for Mundell & Sons, 1803)

The complaynt of Scotland; writen in 1548. With a preliminary dissertation, and glossary [by John Leyden]. (Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable, 1801)

Scenes of infancy, descriptive of Teviotdale, by John Leyden. With a biographical sketch of the author, by the Rev. W.W. Tulloch. (Kelso: J. & J.H. Rutherfurd, 1875)


Died at Fort Cornelis, Java [Indonesia] 27.8.1811.


  • Fasti ecclesiae scoticanae
  • Bengal Past and Present 52 1936 67 - 74, 73 No 136 1954 59 - 67
  • Chalmers, Memoirs p22
  • J. Dodds, Memories of the past p199f
  • Life of John, Lord Campbell
  • Memoir by Rev. James Morton in Leyden, Poetical remains, 1819
  • John Leyden in Wikipedia.