His attendance was desultory, and he does not appear to have completed his arts course.
After a year or two of desultory literary work he was (May 1839) appointed to the newlyinstituted chair of Humanity (Latin) in the Marischal College.
It was taken by the parliamentary forces in 1645 after a desultory siege of three years.
Two days of desultory street fighting ensued, during which the fleet began to bombard the city, but was compelled to desist by the interference of foreign men-of-war, on the ground that the bombardment was.
Desultory efforts were made to establish a civil government, but in the main there was no administration formed on statesmanlike principles.