Quintin Craufurd, a Scottish author, born at Kilwinning, Sept. 22, 1743, died in Paris in November, 1819. He went in early life to the East Indies, where he served in the war against Spain. After the peace he became president of the company of the Indies at Manila, and gained a considerable fortune. Returning to Europe in 1780, he established himself at Paris, where he formed valuable collections of books and paintings. He left France at the revolution, but returned at its close, in order to restore his collections, which had been dispersed and sold in his absence. After the rupture of the peace of Amiens he was allowed to remain in Paris, through the protection of Talleyrand and the empress Josephine. He was the author of a "History of the Bas-tile, with a Disquisition upon the Prisoner of the Iron Mask," "Essays on French Literature," "Historical Essay on Swift and his Influence on the English Government," "Sketches relating to the History, Learning, Religion, and Manners of the Hindoos," and other works, some in English and some in French.