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OF THE

OF THE

LIFE AND WRITINGS

GEORGE BUCHANAN.

DAVID IRVING, A. M.

EDINBURGH:
PRINTID FOR JELL AND BRADFUTE, AND A. LAWRIE;
AND LONGMAN, HURST, REES, AND ORME, -

LONDON.

1807.
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PRE FACE

The intellectual endowments of George Buchanan reflect the highest splendour on the land of his nativity; and every scholar who derives his origin from the same coun: try, is bound to cherish and révere his mes mory. Nor is his reputation confined to his native soil, and to the sister kingdoms; he has received the homage of every learned nation of Europe. The most fastidious of his cotemporaries recognized him as the prince of poets: and by a rare felicity of genius which yet remains without a parallel, he attained to the saine preëminence as a writer of prose. His profound and masterlý treatise De Jure Regni apud Scotos, excited the universal odium of those who imagined it absolutely unwarrantable to resist the wildest encroachments of arbitrary power;

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