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John Hepburn Millar (1864-1929) - Historian

He was the son of Lord Craighall, a senator of the College of Justice, and was educated at Edinburgh Academy and Balliol College, Oxford. He was called to the Scottish Bar in 1889 and after lecturing in law at Edinburgh University he was appointed Professor of Constitutional Law and Constitutional History in 1909, a post he held until his retirement in 1925. Millar's scholarly A Literary History of Scotland (1903) was for many years the standard work on Scottish literature and remains a useful work of reference. In it he maintained his attack on the then fashionable kailyard writers, whom he had first criticized in the April 1895 issue of The New Review.

Works: Handbook of Prescription According to the Law of Scotland (1893); The Mid-Eighteenth Century (1902); A Literary History of Scotland (1903); Scottish Prose of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (1912).

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