Born: 1748, Fa­la, Mid­lo­thi­an, Scot­land.

Died: De­cem­ber 28, 1788, Lon­don, Eng­land.


Son of a farm­er, Lo­gan was ed­u­cat­ed at Ed­in­burgh Un­i­ver­si­ty. He en­tered the min­is­try of the Church of Scot­land, be­com­ing min­is­ter of South Leith in 1770.

During his time in Leith, he de­liv­ered lec­tures on phil­o­so­phy and his­to­ry with much suc­cess. While he was thus en­gaged, the chair of Un­i­ver­sal His­tory at the Un­i­ve­rs­ity be­came va­cant, but he was un­success­ful as a can­di­date.

In 1775 he joined the Com­mit­tee which pre­pared the Trans­la­tions and Par­a­phras­es of the Church of Scot­land. Around 1782, he re­signed his post at Leith and moved to Lon­don, where he supp­ort­ed him­self part­ly by his pen.