Stewart was a highly respected lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, where he popularised the Scottish Enlightenment through his lectures on moral philosophy to a score of noteworthy students, including Sir Walter Scott.

Whitefoord House was originally built for Sir John Whitefoord, an early patron of Robert Burns, and was later inhabited by Dugald Stewart.

It is now a home for veterans.

 

 

The faculty of imagination is the great spring of human activity

– Dugald Stewart
 

These words were written by Dugald Stewart in his book Philosophy of the Human Mind, published in 1792.These words were written by Dugald Stewart in his book Philosophy of the Human Mind, published in 1792.

 

 

Scott used the house as setting in The Abbot, published in 1820 (see Vol. 1, Ch. 18), a fact commemorated by a plaque on the side of Whitefoord House.