Blackie, John Stuart (18091895)

Blackie, John Stuart, a man of versatile gifts and warm human sympathies, born in Glasgow; bred to the bar, but devoted to literary pursuits; studied German; executed a metrical translation of Goethe's “Faust,” Part I.; filled the chair of Humanity in Aberdeen, and afterwards that of Greek in Edinburgh; was a zealous educational reformer; took an active interest in everything affecting the welfare and honour of Scotland; founded a Celtic Chair in Edinburgh University; spoke much and wrote much in his day on manifold subjects; Æschylus, and Homer's “Iliad” in verse; among his works, which are numerous, “Self-Culture” is the most likely to survive him longest (18091895).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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