principal novels: 1. ‘The Rifle Rangers,’ 1850. 2. ‘The Scalp Hunters,’ * 1851. 3. ‘The Desert Home,’ * 1851. 4. ‘The Boy Hunters,’ 1852. 5. ‘The Young Voyageurs,’ * 1853. 6. ‘The Hunter's Feast,’ * 1854. 7. ‘The Forest Exiles,’ 1854. 8. ‘The Bush Boys,’ 1855. 9. ‘The Quadroons,’ * 1856. 10. ‘The Young Yägers,’ 1856. 11. ‘The War Trail,’ * 1857. 12. ‘The Plant Hunters,’ * 1858. 13. ‘Ran away to Sea,’ 1858. 14. ‘The Boy Tar,’ * 1859. 15. ‘The White Chief,’ 1859. 16. ‘The Wild Huntress,’ * 1860. 17. ‘The Wood Rangers,’ 1861. 18. ‘The Maroon,’ 1862. 19. ‘The White Gauntlet,’ 1863. 20. ‘The Ocean Waifs,’ 1864. 21. ‘The Cliff Climbers,’ * 1864. 22. ‘Afloat in the Forest,’ * 1865. 23. ‘The Boy Slaves,’ * 1865. 24. ‘The Bandolero, or the Mountain Marriage,’ 1866. 25. ‘The Headless Horseman,’ 1866. 26. ‘The Finger of Fate,’ * 1868. 27. ‘The Child Wife,’ 1868. 28. ‘The Castaways,’ * 1870. 29. ‘The Ocean Waifs,’ * 1871. 30. ‘The Death Shot,’ 1874. 31. ‘The Flag of Distress,’ 1875. 32. ‘The Vee Boers,’ * 1880. 33. ‘Gaspar the Gaucho,’ * 1880. 34. ‘The Free Lances,’ 1881 (those marked * have been translated into French, and many have also been translated into German). Mayne Reid also wrote stories of natural history for boys and a treatise on ‘Croquet’ (1863).
[Memoir by his Widow, 1890; M. Q. Holyoake, Strand Magazine, July 1891.]
REID, RICHARD TUOHILL, LL.D. (d. 1883), jurist, son of Herbert Reid of Killarney, was called to the Irish bar in Trinity term 1853, and soon afterwards proceeded to Bombay, where for more than a quarter of a century he held the Perry professorship of jurisprudence in Elphinstone College, and presided over the government law school. He was also from 1864 editor of the ‘Reports of the High Court.’ He died at Rome on 11 Feb. 1883, bequeathing 25,000l. in trust for the promotion of education in Ireland. Reid was author of ‘Family Rights considered as a Branch of General and Comparative Jurisprudence,’ Bombay, 1856, 16mo.
[Athenæum, 5 May 1883; Thom's Official Directory, 1854.]
REID, ROBERT (d. 1558), abbot of Kinloss and bishop of Orkney, was the son of John Reid of Aikenhead, who was killed at Flodden, and of Elizabeth Schanwell, sister of John Schanwell, abbot of Cupar. He was educated at St. Salvator's College in the university of St. Andrews, which he entered in 1511, residing with his uncle Robert Reid, official of the see, and having as his tutor the theologian Hugh Spens. He graduated M.A. in 1515, and afterwards studied at the university of Paris. After his return to Scotland he was made sub-dean of Moray; and in 1526 he was selected by Abbot Crystal as his successor at Kinloss. In 1527 he proceeded to the court of Clement VII on the business of the convent; and on his return met, at Paris, his old fellow-student the Piedmontese John Ferrarius, whom he induced to accompany him to Scotland, and who subsequently continued Boece's ‘History of Scotland’ and wrote a history of the abbey of Kinloss. He afterwards settled on Ferrarius a pension of 40l., with a servant and two horses. Having brought with him a papal bull confirming him in the abbacy of Kinloss, Reid was, in the autumn of 1528, anointed abbot in the church of Grey Friars, Edinburgh, being then designed sub-dean and official vicar of Gartly and Burnt Kirk and vicar of Kirkcaldy. In 1530 he received in commendam the priory of Beaulieu, or Beauly, in the county of Ross. Although not included in the original list of the members of the College of Justice at its institution by James V on 12 May 1532, the abbot was nominated and admitted by the king at the first meeting of the court in place of Robert Schanwell, vicar of Kirkcaldy. The abbot soon acquired the special confidence of the king, and frequently acted as his secretary. In February 1533–4 he was along with William Stewart, bishop of Aberdeen, sent on a special embassy to Henry VIII (Letters and State Papers of Henry VIII, ed. Gairdner, vol. vii. No. 244); and after his arrival in London returned to Scotland to obtain the answer of the king on certain points (ib. No. 628). On 6 July following he received a commission from James V to procure the ratification of the treaty, dated London, 11 May 1534 (ib. No. 952), and he was present at the ratification on 2 Aug. (ib. No. 1031; Rymer, Fœdera, xiv. 529). In 1535 and 1536 he was employed by James V in marriage negotiations in France (Letters and State Papers of Henry VIII, vol. ix. Nos. 960 and 1043, vol. x. No. 578). In December 1537 he was again sent on an embassy to England (ib. vol. xii. No. 1283).
On the death of Robert Maxwell, bishop of Orkney, in 1541, the abbot was recommended to the pope for the vacant see by James V, who, however, requested that the abbot should be allowed to retain all his existing preferments, and should undertake to pay out of his emoluments a pension of eight hundred marks to the king's natural son, John Stewart (Epist. Reg. Scot., ed.