John Caird (theologian)

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John Caird
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Born (1820-12-15)15 December 1820
Died 30 July 1898(1898-07-30) (aged 77)
Nationality Scottish
Education Greenock Academy
Alma mater Glasgow University
Occupation theologian

John Caird FRSE (15 December 1820 – 30 July 1898) was a theologian, born at Greenock and educated at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University (MA 1845). He entered the Church of Scotland, of which he became one of the most eloquent preachers.


After being a minister at Newton-on-Ayr, at Lady Yester's Church, Edinburgh (1847-1849), and at Errol, Perthshire (1849-1857), Caird was transferred to Park Church, Glasgow (1857–62), becoming in 1862 Professor of Divinity at the University (1862-1873), and in 1873 Principal until 1878. <check>

A sermon on Religion in Common Life, preached before Queen Victoria, made him known throughout the Protestant world. He wrote An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (1880), and Spinoza (1888).[1]

Caird delivered the 1892-1896 Gifford Lectures at the University of Glasgow, entitled The Fundamental Ideas of Christianity.

His father was John Caird, the proprietor of Caird & Company.[2] His brother was the philosopher, Edward Caird.


  1. ^  Bayne, Thomas Wilson (1901). "Caird, John". In Sidney Lee. Dictionary of National Biography, 1901 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ "Former RSE Fellows 1783–2002". Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 19 September 2010. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Barclay
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
1873 to 1898
Succeeded by
Professor Robert Story