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Robert WALLACE

economist

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.

Achievements

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

Works