Brunton, Alexander

BORN 2 Oct 1772, Edinburgh - DIED 9 Feb 1854, Coupar Angus, Perth and Kinross
GRAVE LOCATION Edinburgh: Canongate Churchyard, Royal Mile (midway along the western boundary wall)

Alexander Brunton was educated at the High School in Edingburgh. He was licensed to preach for the Church of Scorland in 1796. In 1797 he becamne minister of Bolton. He married the author Mary Balfour in 1798. In 1803 he was transferred to New Greyfriars in Edinburgh where he was minister until 1847. In 1814 he became a honorary doctor of Divinity and in the same year he was elected into the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Mary died in childbirth in 1818 and he published a memoir of her in 1819. In 1822 Brunton was appointed librarian of the University and he held this position until his death. He published "Outlines of Persian Grammar" in 1822. In 1823 he became Moderator of the General Assembly, a high position in the church. Further publications followed. He died in 1854 and he was buried with Mary in Canongate Churchyard.

• Wife: Brunton, Mary (1798-1818)


The grave of Mary Brunton at Canongate Churchyard, Edinburgh.
Picture by Androom (04 Nov 2019)


Alexander Brunton - Wikipedia

Brunton, Mary

Published: 16 Mar 2024
Last update: 16 Mar 2024