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Patrick Eraser Tytler

PATRICK ERASER TYTLER (1791-1849) Scottish historian, son of Lord Woodhouselee, was born at Edinburgh on the 30th of August 1791. He was called to the bar in 1813; in 1816 he became king's counsel in the exchequer, and practised as an advocate until 1832. He contributed to Allison's Travels in France (1815); his first independent essays were papers in Blackwood's Magazine. His great work, the History of Scotland (1828-1843) covered the period between 1249 and 1603. While occupied on this work Tytler removed to London, and it was largely owing to his efforts that a scheme for publishing state papers was carried out. Tytler was one of the founders of the Bannatyne Club and of the English Historical Society He died at Great Malvern on the 14th of December 1849 His life (1859) was written by his friend, John W. Burgon dean of Chichester.

His other works include: contributions to Thomson's Selec Melodies of Scotland (1824); Life of James Crichton of Cluny commonly called the Admirable Crichton (1819; 2nd ed., 1823) a Memoir of Sir Thomas Craig of Riccarton (1823); an Essay on the Revival of Greek Literature in Italy, and a Life of John Wickhff published anonymously (1826); Lives of Scottish Worthies, fo Murray's Family Library (1831-1833) ; Historical View of the Progres of Discovery in America (1832); Life of Sir Walter Raleigh (1833) Life of Henry VIII. (1837); England under the Reigns of Edward VI and Mary, from original letters (1839); Notes on the Darnley Jewe (1843), and on the Portraits of Mary Queen of Scots (1845).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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