Daily Archives: April 22, 2014

Annie Erskine Robinson ~ Suffragist, Socialist and Pacifist

Annie Erskine Robinson – Suffragist, Socialist and Pacifist was born 8 June 1874 in Montrose. Her father was a down at heel laird’s son and her mother a schoolteacher. Early life was economically hard for Annie Erskine. However, despite hardship she enrolled as a trainee teacher in Edinburgh and achieved […]

Peter Robert Drummond ~ Bookseller and Agriculturist

Peter Robert Drummond (1802–1879), bookseller and agriculturist, was born at Madderty, Perthshire, the son of John Drummond, a small farmer, and his wife, Jean Gow. He was educated in Madderty, and in early life worked as a carpenter. He attained skill as a maker of picture frames, which brought him into the society of picture […]

John Lanne Buchanan ~ Writer

John Lanne Buchanan – writer – born in Menteith (Perthshire). After education at Callander Grammar School and the University of Glasgow, Buchanan became an assistant to the minister of Comrie, Robert Menzies. He worked as a missionary in the Western Isles where his Gaelic and evangelical outlook assisted his work. Buchanan […]

Dugald Buchanan ~ Gaelic Poet

Dugald Buchanan (1716-1768) – Gaelic poet – was born at Ardoch Farm, Strathtyre (near Balquhidder) in Perthshire. After some schooling at Stirling and Edinburgh, Buchanan began work as an apprentice carpenter. An early spirituality was formalised by the attending of a college of divinity in Glasgow (early 1740s). Buchanan atones for […]

Alexander Bryce ~ Mathematician and Church of Scotland Minister

Alexander Bryce (c.1713-1786) – Mathematician and Church of Scotland minister – baptised in Boarland, Kincardine-on-Forth, Perthshire. After schooling at Kilmadock School, Doune, Bryce studied astronomy and mathematics at Edinburgh. He graduated MA in May 1735. He spent some time as a tutor whilst producing a detailed study and A map of the […]

Robert Archibald Armstrong ~ Lexicographer

Robert Archibald Armstrong (1788-1867) – lexicographer – was born at Kenmore in Perthshire. After going up to Edinburgh University, then St Andrews University where he studied Latin and Greek, Armstrong taught in several London schools, including the South Lambeth Grammar School. During this time, he took a wife who subsequently gave him three daughters. He wrote […]