Christie, Hugh (DNB00)


CHRISTIE, HUGH (1710–1774), school-master and grammarian (erroneously called by Chalmers and Rose, William), was the third son of Alexander Christie, great-uncle of William Christie, unitarian writer [q. v.] He was born at Garvock, Kincardineshire, in 1710, and educated at King's College, Aberdeen, where he took the degree of M.A. in 1730. He was licensed to reach as a probationer of the church of Scotland, but never held any parochial charge. Soon after taking his degree he was a pointed rector of the grammar school of Brechin, an office which-the held until he was elected rector of the grammar school of Montrose, where he remained until his death (1774), and where he obtained considerable popularity and success.

He is the author of: 1. ‘A Grammar of the Latin Tongue, after a New and Easy Method adapted to the capacities of Children,’ Edinburgh, 1758, 2nd edit. 1768 sm. 8vo. 2. ‘A New and Easy Introduction to the making of Latin adapted to the Latin Grammar lately published by H. C., with remarks upon the Idioms of the Roman Language,' Edinburgh, 1760, 1780 sm. Bvo. (There were probably other editions of both books, as they were extensively used in and about Montrose and Brechin in the early part of this century.)

[Chalmers's Biog. Dict.; family papers.]

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