From the Book of Eminent Burgesses of Dundee 1513 to 1885.

Professor Thomas Duncan, St Andrews - 18th October 1820

 

THOMAS DUNCAN, PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST
ANDREWS, WAS ADMITTED BURGESS AS A MARK OF THE TOWN COUNCIL'S
APPROBATION OF THE INDEFATIGABLE ZEAL AND ATTENTION WITH WHICH
HE UNIFORMLY DISCHARGED THE DUTIES OF HIS OFFICE WHILE HE WAS
RECTOR OF THE DUNDEE ACADEMY; AND AS A TESTIMONY OF THE EMINENT
SERVICES HE HAS RENDERED TO THE TOWN OF DUNDEE.

THOMAS DUNCAN'S father was a farmer in the parish of Cameron, Fifeshire, and he was born there in October, 1777. He studied at St Andrews, was laureated in 1796, and completed his Theological curriculum, intending to become a minister of the Established Church of Scotland; but on 2nd December, 1801, he was appointed the first Rector of the Dundee Academy by the Town Council, and entered at once on his duties. This important post he filled with great acceptance for over eighteen years, resigning it in October, 1820, when he received the appointment to the Chair of Mathematics in St Andrews University. In the latter position he remained for the rest of his life, continuing in active duty until a short time before his death on 23rd March, 1858, when he had attained his eighty first year. His reputation as a teacher still survives as a tradition in Dundee.