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  • Note: Watercolours and sketches of views of St Andrews, Westport, South Street, United College quadrangle, Cathedral, Dairsie castle and church, Leuchars Church, Balmerino Abbey, Dunkeld Cathedral. Also features portraits of townspeople, academics and visitors, often from behind, mostly identified. Foreword reads: 'The following Sketches of St Andrews and its neighbourhood are the work of John Cook DD who was born in 1770 and became Minister of the Parish of Kilmany, Fife in 1793. In 1802 he was appointed to the Chair of Hebrew in the University of St Andrews and subsequently to the Chair of Divinity in the same University. He died in 1824 in the 55th year of his age. These sketches are now handed over to the University Library in the hope that some of them may be of interest as shewing the conditions of the buildings and the costume of the inhabitants of St Andrews in the end of the 19th century. The date of most of them is about 1797. They were done before the days of water-colours and make no pretension to be works of art. Any value they possess is that which belongs to historic records. Dr Cook was an open minded and independent thinker. At a time when Biblical Criticism as it is now understood was little known in the Universities of Scotland he published "An Inquiry into the Books of the New Testament" and thus became one of the pioneers of a new departure of theological thought in his own country.'
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  • Shelf Location: ms38799