Buchanan, Robert (1785-1873) (DNB00)
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Buchanan, Robert (1785-1873)
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BUCHANAN, ROBERT (1785–1873), professor of logic in the university of Glasgow, was a cadet of the clan Buchanan, a native of Callander, where he was born in 1785. At the university of Glasgow he specially distiguished himself in the philosophy classes. After completing his divinity course, he was in 1812 licensed as a preacher of the church of Scotland by the presbertery of Hadddon, and in 1813 was presented to the parish of Peebles. In 1824 he was appointed assistant and successor to Professor Jardine in the chair of logic in Glasgow University, and becoming solo professor the office till 1864, when he retired to Ardfillayne, Dunoon. He died on 2 March 1873. He was the author of 'Fragments of the Table Round.' 1860 ; 'Vow of Glentreuil, and other Poems,' 1863; 'Wallace, a Tragedy,' 1856 ; and 'Tragic Dramas from Scottish History,' 1868, containing' The British Brothers,' a tragic drama, 'Gaston Phosbus,' a tragic drama, ' Edinburgs,' a tragic drama, and the tragedies of 'Wallace' and 'King James the First.' He also published anonymously, in 186B, 'Canute's Birthday in Ireland, a Drama in Five Acts.' His tragedv ' Wallace ' was performed twice for a charitable object at the Prince's Theatre, Glasgow, in March 1862, the principal characters being personated by students of the divinity and art classes. Though averse to independent and original speculations, he had a thorough mastery of the Scottish philosophy, and his highly cultivated taste was manifested not by in his verse, but in the correct and chaste style of his lectures. In commemoration of hie services while occupant of the logic chair for forty fears, the Buchanan prizes were instituted m 1866, consisting of the interest of 314l. for students of the logic, moral philosophy, and English literature classes. By his will be bequeathed 10,000l. for the founding of Buchanan bursaries in connection with the arts claeses of the university.
[Hew Scott's Fasti Eccles. Scot i. 237 ; Glasgow Heerald, a March 1873; Ralston Inglis's Dramatic Writers of Scotland, pp. St, 26, 128 ; Glasgow University Calendar.]