John Mair, 1467-1550

A site devoted to the study of
the scolastic philosopher and theologian


Iohannes Maior Hadingtonensis


by Ueli Zahnd

Parts of this site are still under construction. For the time being, there's a database with Mair's printed works, a quite comprehensive bibliography and a link-list available.

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1467* in Gleghorine (southern Scotland); grammar school in the nearby Haddington
?Begin of studies in Cambridge (in the Godhouse, the later Christ’s College)
~1492Paris: artes studies
1494magister artium (at the Collège de Saint Barbe)
1495Teacher of philosophy at the Collège de Montaigu; at the same time inception in theology at the Collège de Navarre
1506magister theologiae
Teaching of philosophy and theology, publication of numerous works (of his own and of others)
1517Return to Scotland, first as Principal of the Glasgow university,
1523then as treasurer of the ‘Chapel Royal’ at St. Andrews university
1526Return to Paris, revisions of allmost all of his major works
1528Naturalization in France
1531Definite return to Scotland, unknown functions at St. Andrews university
1550† in St. Andrews
A (far from complete) database with descriptions of the known printed works of John Mair (currently 63 titles). You can either list them all for a first overview, or use the search screen to get the works on a specific topic.


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An almost complete list of Mair's printed works is to be found in Farge, James K.: Bibliographical Register of Paris Doctors of Theology, 1500-1536, Toronto (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies) 1980, pp. 308-311.
A database with secondary sources on John Mair. You can either list them all (currently 139 titles), or use the search screen to get the literature on a specific topic.


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An extensive bibliography up to 1978 is to be found in Charles Lohr: «Renaissance Latin Aristotle Commentaries» s.v. Maior (Renaissance Quarterly 31 [1978], 558s.).

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