From: Robert Chambers (ed.), A Biographical
Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, vol. I (Glasgow: Blackie.
Alexander Adam (1741-1809) was Rector of the
High School of Edinburgh where Sir Walter Scott was educated
from 1779 to 1783. One of the most innovative educators of his
to instill in his pupils not only a grasp of grammar but a sensitivity
to literary language. With Adam's encouragement, the young Scott
translated Horace and Virgil into English verse and made his
first attempts at original composition. The original portrait
was painted by Raeburn ca. 1808.