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The Life of David Hume$
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Ernest C. Mossner

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780199243365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243365.001.0001

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The Humes of Ninewells

The Humes of Ninewells

(p.6) Chapter 2 The Humes of Ninewells
The Life of David Hume

Ernest Campbell Mossner

Oxford University Press

David Hume's forebears were of a moderate affluence, and sufficiently distinguished to warrant some pride of race in their most famous son. The Hume genealogy reflects a strong family personality, its dominant characteristics being clearly discernible in the fragments of documentary evidence that survive. The Humes were, for many centuries, men of spirit, doughty warriors, and, as befitted a family that produced its share of men of the law and married more than its share of advocates' daughters, aggressively litigious men of affairs. The blood-lines intermingle, and the families intertwine. A simple clue to the devious interconnexions of the Hume family tree, as well as to the historical authority for David's spelling of his surname, is afforded by a long, flat, rectangular tombstone in the graveyard at Hutton, Berwickshire, just beyond and down the Water of Whiteadder from the Ninewells estate.

Keywords:   David Hume, genealogy, Humes, warriors, family, tombstone, graveyard, Hutton, Berwickshire, Ninewells

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