William Hastie

Biography of William Hastie

William Hastie
William Hastie

William Hastie (1842-1903) was Professor of Divinity at the University from 1895 until 1903. After his death, his friends instituted a memorial Hastie Lecture and formed the Hastie Club.

Born in Wanlockhead the son of a lead mine manager, Hastie studied at the University of Edinburgh and graduated MA (1867) and BD (1869). He went to Glasgow in 1870-1871 to attend John Caird's lectures, became a minister and then travelled in Europe. In 1878 he was appointed Principal of the Church of Scotland College in Calcutta where he became embroiled in a legal feud with the manager of an orphanage. He was dismissed in 1883.

Hastie returned to Wanlockhead in 1885 to study and write, and to work as a translator. He became an authority on German philosophy and in 1895 he was appointed to the University's Chair of Divinity.


William Hastie
Theologian and Clergyman

Born 7 July 1842, Wanlockhead, Scotland.
Died 31 August 1903.
University Link: Alumnus, Professor
Occupation categories: clergy; theologians
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Record last updated: 16th Jul 2008

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