Gerard, Alexander an eminent Scotch divine, was born February 22, 1728, at Garioch, in Aberdeenshire, and was educated at Marischal College and the University of Edinburgh. In 1750 be succeeded Fordyce as professor of moral philosophy at Marischal College, and in 1760 was appointed divinity professor. In 1771 he obtained the theological professorship at King's College, Aberdeen. He died in 1795. He wrote
(1.) An Essay on Taste (1759, 8vo; enlarged edition, 1780). This work obtained the prize of a gold medal offered by the Philosophical Society of Edinburgh.
(2.) An Essay on Genius (Lond. 1767, 8vo): —
(3.) Sermons (London, 1780, 1782, 2 volumes, 8vo): —
(4.) Dissertations on the Geaius and Evidences of Christianity (Lond. 1766, 8vo): —
(5.) The Pastoral Care, edited by his son (Lond. 1799, 8vo).