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Western Worthies A Gallery of Biographical and Critical Sketches of West of Scotland Celebrities   By: (1846-1913)

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WESTERN WORTHIES:

A GALLERY

of

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SKETCHES

of

WEST OF SCOTLAND CELEBRITIES.

By J. STEPHEN JEANS ,

EDITOR OF THE "EVENING STAR."

Glasgow:

PUBLISHED AT THE STAR OFFICE, ARGYLE STREET.

MDCCCLXXII.

PREFACE.

The author does not consider that the following pages require any apology for their appearance. They are given to the world with a two fold object the first being that of gratifying an increasing and perfectly legitimate anxiety on the part of the public to know more of the antecedents the struggles, and the triumphs of the men whom they recognize as leaders; and the other, that of reminding a younger generation, from a contemplation of the lives of great men, that they too, may leave behind them

"Footprints on the sands of Time."

The scope of the present work renders it impossible to do full justice to any one of the men who have been selected; and on this account the author has made his Sketches more biographical than critical, leaving the reader to reflect on facts rather than on opinions.

To become food for biographers and worms was the two fold evil of which Rachel spoke shortly before her death. So far as the former terror is concerned, the men who are pourtrayed in these pages have little to fear. Every care has been taken to secure accuracy of detail, most of the Sketches having been revised by those whom they more directly concern; and the author's aim has been to be just without severity, and truthful without personality. Humanity is so prone to error that the best men have their failings as well as their virtues; but while it is not desirable to extenuate the former, the biographer is still less warranted in setting them down in malice. Hence the writer has endeavoured to criticise in a kindly and temperate spirit, and to hold up virtues for imitation rather than errors for avoidance.

When these Sketches originally appeared in the columns of the journal with which the writer is connected, it was never intended that they should assume a more permanent form. It was only after witnessing the great amount of interest which they evoked, that he was induced to yield to pressing solicitations by trying to convert what was only a terminable lease into one renewable for ever.

One word more. Since the sketch of Dr. Norman Macleod was in print, that genial, versatile, and accomplished Divine has gone over to the Great Majority. On Sunday forenoon, the 16th of June, he died rather suddenly, although, as he had been ailing for some time previously, his end was not altogether unexpected. In the public prints of both England and Scotland, the tributes paid to his worth and ability have more than justified all that will be found in these pages. From Royalty downwards, his demise has produced a sadness "that passeth show." Requiescat in pace!

J. S. J. Glasgow, June 20, 1872.

CONTENTS.

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The Duke of Argyll, 9

The Right Hon. H. A. Bruce, 16

Sheriff H. G. Bell, 23

Mr. Robert Dalglish, M.P., 36

Mr. William Graham, M.P., 42

Mr. George Anderson, M.P., 47

Sir James Campbell, 57

Mr. James Young, 63

Mr. George Burns, 71

Mr. James Baird, 79

Sir William Thomson, 88

Principal Barclay, 95

Professor Rankine, 101

Professor Allen Thomson, 109

Professor John Caird, 117

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