A biographical dictionary of eminent Scotsmen

A

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY

OF

EMINENT SCOTSMEN.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

ORIGINALLY EDITED BY

ROBERT CHAMBERS,

NEW EDITION, REVISED UNDER, THE CARE OF THE PUBLISHERS.

WITH A SUPPLEMENTAL VOLUME,

CONTINUING THE BIOGRAPHIES TO THE PRESENT TIME.

BY THE REV. THOS. THOMSON,

AUTHOR OF "The History of Scotland for the use of Schools," ETC, ETC.

ILLUSTRATED BY EIGHTY AUTHENTIC PORTRAITS, &c.



The Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen, a New Edition of which is now offered to the public, contains authentic Biographies of all Scotsmen who have attained eminence in the literary, scientific, religious, or political world; warriors, statesmen, historians, philosophers, poets, theologians, and martyrs, from the days of Malcolm Canmore to the present time; each treated at a length suited to his particular merit or fame, and the whole arranged for reference in alphabetical order.

Few countries can point to an array of names equally illustrious with those which are enshrined in the annals of Scotland, and numerically so great in proportion to her total population. In the arts of war and of peace, in science, philosophy, history, poetry, and religion, in asserting civil and religious liberty, and in carrying it into practical effect, her sons are equally famous; the names of Wallace, Bruce, Buchanan, Knox, Melville, Guthrie, Smith, Burns, Watt, Scott, and Chalmers, are each representatives of a class who have contributed to render her name renowned throughout the world. This important Work, therefore, which conveys, in a succinct and intelligible form, a good and interesting account of the struggles, principles, attainments, and actions, of such men, cannot fail to appeal powerfully to the sympathies not only of natives of Scotland, who may naturally be expected to feel deeply interested in the history of those of their countrymen whose names have added a fresh lustre to their native land; but also of all who love and admire the good and great in whatever clime and in whatever land they may have been born; and at the same time it cannot fail to be eminently useful by setting before aspiring minds brilliant examples of what has been already accomplished.

The Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen was originally Edited by Robert Chambers. That edition, comprised in Four Volumes, was highly appreciated on its first publication, but many years having elapsed since that time, many eminent persons have been gathered to their fathers in the interval, rendering the work now, to a certain extent, incomplete. In the New Edition now issued the original work has been revised under the care of the Publishers; some Biographies extended, others rendered more succinct and precise; and a supplementary volume has been added, including notices of eminent individuals who have died since the Work was first published, together with such names as had then been omitted. This volume has been chiefly written by the Rev. Thos. Thomson, author of the "History of Scotland for the use of Schools" editor of "Calderwood's History of the Kirk of Scotland, " &c., &c.—The Scottish Biographical Dictionary will thus continue to be, what it has ever been, the most complete and interesting record of the lives of Eminent Scotsmen that has issued from the press.

CONDITIONS.

The revised portion, forming what constituted the original Work, and the Supplementary Volume, will be completed in Nine Divisions, elegantly bound in cloth, at 6s. 6d. each. The whole will be illustrated with Eighty authentic Portraits, engraved on Steel, in the first style of art; and Five Engraved Titles, giving views of the principal Seats of learning in Scotland.


BLACKIE AND SON:
GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, LONDON, AND NEW YORK.

A

Biographical Dictionary

OF

EMINENT SCOTSMEN.

WITH

NUMEROUS AUTHENTIC PORTRAITS.

VOLUME 1.


The University of Glasgow, Inner Court.
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T. FLEMMING.
 


 
the university of glasgow,
 
inner court.

BLACKIE & SON,

GLASGOW EDINBURGH & LONDON.

A


BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY


OF


EMINENT SCOTSMEN.


IN FOUR VOLUMES.


ORIGINALLY EDITED BY

ROBERT CHAMBERS.


NEW EDITION, REVISED UNDER THE CARE OF THE PUBLISHERS.


WITH A SUPPLEMENTAL VOLUME,

CONTINUING THE BIOGRAPHIES TO THE PRESENT TIME.


By the Rev. THOS. THOMSON,

AUTHOR "THE HISTORY OF SCOTLAND FOR THE USE OF SCHOOL!," ETC., ETC.


WITH NUMEROUS PORTRAITS.


DIVISION I.
ABERCROMBY —BROWN.


BLACKIE AND SON:
GLASGOW, EDINBURGH, AND LONDON.
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GLASGOW:
W. G. BLACKIE AND CO., PRINTERS,
VILLAFIELD.

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This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.