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Robert WALLACE

Robert WALLACE, economist. Moderator, General Assembly, Church of Scotland, 1743; Royal Chaplain for Scotland, 1744.

Background

  • WALLACE, Robert was born in 1697 in Kincardine, Scotland.

  • Career

    • Pre-Malthusian writer on population who disputed Hume’s contention that population had increased since ancient times. However, on returning to the question in Various Prospects., he argued that the capacity for mankind to reproduce itself would frustrate the prospects for more perfect forms of society.

      Godwin attempted to refute this. Malthus found it congenial towards his own views. Wallace’s writings in general are in the traditions of the Scottish Enlightenment.

      Clergyman.

    Major achievements

    • Moderator, General Assembly, Church of Scotland, 1743. Royal Chaplain for Scotland, 1744.

    Works

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    Died 1771
    (aged 74)