George Dunbar

Classical Scholar

 

George Dunbar (1755 - 6 December 1851)

Of humble origins, his grandfather and subsequently his father lived in one of the cottage on the Kiln Knowe, south of Bridge Street. 

In childhood, George had a fall from a tree that left him unsuited for heavy manual work and he secured a post as a gardener. His employers, recognising the lad’s intelligence provided for his education.

He repaid them fully by rising to become Professor of Greek at the University of Edinburgh. 

Although a man of great energy and industry, Dunbar did not produce anything of permanent value. He deserves mention, however, for his Greek-English and English-Greek lexicon (1840), on the compilation of which he spent eight years. Although now superseded, it was the best work of its kind that had appeared in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1806.