- Student of John Millar (Cairns, ‘First’ 39*)
- Regius Chair of the Law of Nature and Nations at Edinburgh, 1796-1831
- Advertised his classes but never with a starting date (Cairns, ‘First’ 40*)
- Never lectured (Grant, Story 316-17*)
- Professorship not filled after his death (next appointment was James Lorimer in 1862)
*For references, see the Site Bibliography.