Scotticisms, Vulgar Anglicisms, and Grammatical Improprieties Corrected, With Reasons for The Corrections; Being a Collection upon a New Plan: Alphabetically arranged, and adapted to the use of Academics, Men of Business and Private Families. [Bound with:] Scoticisms, Arranged in Alphabetical Order, designed to Correct Improprieties of Speech and Writing. To which is added, A Lecture on Elocution by Dr. Blair.

  • Mitchell, Hugh; [James Beattie]
  • Glasgow; Edinburgh: Printed by Falconer & Willison, and sold by The Booksellers in Town and Country; Printed for The Booksellers 1799
  • ESTC T117526; T171703.


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12mo, pp. 96, [ii], 46. Later purple textured cloth, spine lettered vertically in gilt. Cloth a little rubbed and marked, unevenly sunned, particularly to spine.


Two scarce late 18th century linguistic vade mecums for writers trying to eradicate Scots phrasing from their work. Hugh Mitchell was a former priest, then master at the English and French Academy in Glasgow while James Beattie, although best-remembered as a philosopher and poet, was also a professor of moral philosophy and logic at Marischal College, Aberdeen for 40 years. Both works take a didactic tone, listing alphabetically the deprecated Scottish phrases along with their promoted English alternatives. Mitchell's book is the first and only edition, while Beattie's is a rare condensation of a 1787 expansion of an unobtainable 1779 privately printed list. ESTC records two issues of the Beattie, each in only 2 copies, this one Aberdeen and NLS only.

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