The New Student's Reference Work/Lang, Andrew
Lang, Andrew, LL. D., a British writer and versatile man of letters. He was born at Selkirk, Scotland in 1844, and was educated at Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrew’s University and Balliol College, Oxford, graduating with honors. He was elected a fellow of Merton in 1868, and in 1888 was appointed lecturer on natural religion at St. Andrew’s University. His versatility and indefatigable labors are shown in the fact that he was at once historian, biographer, essayist, novelist, creator of dainty stories and author of erudite works on human origins and similar subjects. His Ballads in Blue China appeared in 1881, and later he published Custom and Myth; Myth, Ritual and Religion; Lives of J. G. Lockhart; Lord Iddesleigh; Sir Walter Scott; Robert Burns; and Prince Charles Edward [Stuart]. He was aided in translations of the Odyssey and the Iliad. Later works include The Making of Religion; James VI and the Gowrie Mystery; Magic and Religion; History of Scotland from the Roman Occupation; and Knox and the Reformation. He died at Banchovy, Scotland, July 21, 1912.