Biography of John Veitch
John Veitch (1829-1894) was Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University from 1864 to 1894.
Born near Peebles, Veitch studied at the University of Edinburgh and New College intending to become a minister in the Free Church. In 1856, however, he became an assistant to Sir William Hamilton, the Professor of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Edinburgh, and four years later he was appointed Professor of Logic, Rhetoric and Metaphysics at the University of St Andrews. In 1864 he was appointed to the Glasgow Chair.
Historians agree that Veitch was a conservative thinker who showed little sympathy for the latest developments in philosophical thought. He published a number of volumes of philosophical criticism and biographies and bibliographies of famous philosophers (as well as several collections of his own poems), but he is better remembered for his work on the history and poetry of the Scottish Borders.