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Of the most Eminent
Lives and Characters
W I TH
An Abstract and Catalogue of their Works;
Their various EDITIONS;
A N D
The Judgment of the LEARN'D concerning
V O L. II.
Ducit, & immemores non finit esse sui. Ovid.
patitur. Saluft. de Bell. Jugurth.
Ε Φ Ι Ν Β Ο R G H,
Cross. M. DCC. XI.
of M A R, Lord Garioch, Erskin and Alloway, &c.
Heritable Governour of the Castle of Stirling, hil? Searbowald A N D 3 Val?Auchincruive
Knight of the most Ancient and most Noble Order of the Thistle.
HE Lives of Learned and Eminent
Men naturally claiin the Patronage
tion of all Ages, That never any had
the Character of a truly Great Mari
that of your Lordship; your Family having produced so many Illustrious Persons both in Literature and War, that it were hard to determine, Whether they have deserved most of their Country for their Performances in the One, or Atchievements in the Other. And altho' the brave and shining Actions of Heroes amuse the World more than the Perforinances of the Learned; yet we are told by the Roman Orator (a), That there is a certain Sort of Domestic Valour mbich is equal to the most Glorious Actions of the greatest Heroes; and that the Exploits of the Learned, in their Retirements, are mnie to be value i than all the Victories of the greatest Conquerors, because they are more useful to Nerhind. But, My Lord, altho' the great and main Design of this Work be, to show what amazing Heighths of Knowledge, in all the Sciences, our Predeceffors have arrived to, yet there is likewise an Account of their Noble and Heroic Exploits, no less surprisingly Great than that of their Learning ; in so much, that what the above-cited Orator says of Italy (3), when A
(4) Sunt domefiicæ fortitudines non inferiores militaribus, in quibus plus etiam quam in iis operæ ftadiique ponendum. Cic. Orfic: lib. i. (b) Perfecerit ille ut fi montes resediflent, amnes exaruifent, non naturæ præfidio, fed victoria fua rebusque g: His Italiam musitam haberemus, Cic. cont. Pifoni