John Veitch

Biography of John Veitch

John Veitch
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.


John Veitch

Born 24 October 1829, Biggiesknowe, Scotland.
Died 3 September 1894.
University Link: Professor
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: philosophers
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P140893
View Major Archive Collection Record
Search for this person in the DNB
Record last updated: 25th Sep 2013

University Connections

University Roles

  • Professor

Academic Posts



There are no comments available.