Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dougall, John

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DOUGALL, JOHN (1760–1822), miscellaneous writer, was born in 1760 at Kirkcaldy, where his father was master of the grammar school. He studied at Edinburgh University with a view to entering the Scotch church, but afterwards abandoned this intention, and travelled on the continent in the capacity of companion and private tutor. For some time he was private secretary to General Melville, but ultimately settled in London and devoted himself to literary work. He was the author of: 1. ‘Military Adventures.’ 2. ‘The Modern Preceptor, or a General Course of Polite Education,’ 1810, 2 vols. 8vo. 3. ‘The Cabinet of Arts, including Arithmetic, Geometry, and Chemistry’ [1821], 2 vols. 8vo. 4. ‘España Maritima, or Spanish Coasting Pilot, translated from the Spanish,’ 1813, 4to. He died 14 Sept. 1822.

[Gent. Mag. 1822, p. 570; Anderson's Scottish Nation.]