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|Born||13 November 1757|
|Died||17 May 1839 (aged 81)|
|Occupation||Minister of religion|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
Balliol College, Oxford
|Subject||didactic and philosophical topics|
|Literary movement||Scottish enlightenment|
|Notable works||Essay on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790)|
|Spouse||Dorothea Gregory (m. 1784) (d. 1830)|
|Children||William Pulteney Alison, physician|
Sir Archibald Alison, advocate
|Relatives||Brother-in-law of the physician James Gregory|
After studying at the University of Glasgow, where he established his lifelong friendship with Dugald Stewart, and at Balliol College, Oxford, he took orders in the Church of England, and was appointed in 1778 to the curacy of Brancepeth, near Durham. In 1784 he married Dorothea Gregory, youngest daughter of Professor Gregory of Edinburgh.
The next 20 years of his life were spent in Shropshire, where he held in succession the livings of High Ercall, Rodington and Kenley. In 1800 he moved back to Edinburgh, having been appointed senior incumbent of St Paul's Chapel in the Cowgate. For 34 years he filled this position with much ability; his sermons were characterised by quiet beauty of thought and grace of composition. His preaching attracted so many hearers that a new and larger church was built for him. The new St Paul's Chapel on York Place in the Edinburgh's New Town was completed in 1818, and Alison, along with Rev Robert Morehead served as clergy there.
In 1832 he was living at 44 Heriot Row in Edinburgh's city centre. His last years were spent at Colinton near Edinburgh, where he died on 17 May 1839. He was interred at St John's Episcopal Churchyard in Edinburgh.
Alison published, besides a Life of Lord Woodhouselee, a volume of sermons, which passed through several editions, and a work entitled Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste (1790), based on the principle of "association".
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 September 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Grant's Old and New Edinburgh vol III
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Alison, Archibald". Encyclopædia Britannica. 1 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 672.
- Storer, James; Storer, H. S. (Henry Sargant) (1820). Views in Edinburgh and its vicinity;. Edinburgh, A. Constable & Co.; [etc., etc.] p. 311. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
- "Edinburgh Post Office annual directory, 1832–1833". National Library of Scotland. p. 4. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1885–1900 Dictionary of National Biography's article about Archibald Alison.|