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Robert Arbuthnot

(b. 24 Oct 1729, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland – d. 5 Nov 1803, Edinburgh, Scotland )

Gender: M

Robert Arbuthnot (1728-1803) had been a merchant and banker whose firm had failed in 1772.He became secretary to the board of trustees for the Society of Arts, Manufactures and Fisheries. Friend and promoter of Beattie who helped him negotiate with booksellers. See The Correspondence of James Beattie, ed. Roger J. Robinson, 4 vols. (Bristol: Thoemmes, 2004) 4:236