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  1. The timeless lessons of an 18th-century genius

    Brian Healy

    BY NEIL KAY Adam Smith is a giant of the Scottish Enlightenment but in many respects he can be difficult for 21st-century readers to get to grips with. To begin with there are not many portraits of him, reflecting perhaps his own glum self-assessment. “I am a beau in nothing but my books,&r...

  2. A portrait of Smith's mother

    Brian Healy

    BY BENNY HIGGINS Soon after his twenty-first birthday, Adam Smith wrote to his mother from Balliol College, Oxford, to say, "I am quite inexcusable for not writing to you oftener. I think of you every day ...". Smith’s mother, Margaret Douglas, was, so far as we know, the only ...