The History of Leith

November 3, 2012

James Burnett, Lord Monboddo

James Burnett, Lord Monboddo (25 October 1714 – 26 May 1799) was a Scottish judge, scholar of linguistic evolution, philosopher and deist. He is most famous today as a founder of modern comparative historical linguistics.In 1767 he became a judge in the Court of Session. As such, Burnett adopted an honorary title based on his father’s estate, Monboddo House. Monboddo was one of a number of scholars involved at the time in development of early concepts of evolution. Some credit him with anticipating in principle the idea of natural selection that was developed into a scientific theory by Charles Darwin. for more click here

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