Young Sellar (1825-1890)
classical scholar, was born at Morvich, Sutherlandshire, on.
the 22nd of February 1825. Educated at the Edinburgh Academy
and afterwards at Glasgow University, he entered Balliol College,
Oxford, as a scholar. Graduating with a first-class in classics,
he was elected fellow of Oriel, and, after holdin.g assistant
professorships at Durham, Glasgow and St Andrews, was appointed
professor of Greek at St Andrews (1857). In. 1863 he was elected
professor of humanity in Edinburgh University, and occupied
that chair down to his death on the 12th of October 1890. Sellar
was one of the most brilliant of modern classical scholars,
and was remarkably successful in his endeavours to reproduce
the spirit rather than the letter of Roman literature.
To Tour Sutherland