Robert Herbert Story
|Professor Robert Story|
|Principal of the University of Glasgow|
|Term||1898 – 1907|
|Predecessor||Professor John Caird|
|Successor||Sir Donald MacAlister|
|Born||28 January 1835
|Died||13 January 1907 (aged 71)|
|Alma mater||Edinburgh, St Andrews and Heidelberg|
|Religion||Church of Scotland|
Story was born on 28 January 1835 at Rosneath, Dunbartonshire, and educated at the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Heidelberg. In 1859, he was assistant minister at St. Andrew's Church, Montreal, and in February 1860 was inducted as Minister of Rosneath in succession to his father.
In 1887, he removed to Glasgow as Professor of Church History; In 1898, he became Principal of the University, succeeding John Caird. He was Moderator of the General Assembly in 1894, and its Principal Clerk from that year until his death on 13 January 1907.
Story was a staunch supporter of his Church, and had little sympathy for schemes of reunion with the other Presbyterian communities. He vigorously opposed the action of Bishop Welldon, then metropolitan of Calcutta, in excluding Scottish chaplains and troops from the use of garrison churches in India because these had received episcopal consecration. He was characterized by an absolutely fearless honesty, which sometimes gave offence, but at the basis of his nature there was a warm, tender and sympathetic heart, incapable of meanness or intrigue.
In addition to lives of his father (1862), Professor Robert Lee (1870) and William Carstares (1876), he published a devotional book Christ the Consoler; a volume of sermons, Creed and Conduct (1878); The Apostolic Ministry in the Scottish Church (Baird Lecture, 1897), and several pamphlets on church questions.
He and John Anderson, the eighteenth-century pioneer of vocational education and Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow, were both born in the town, and their fathers were both ministers of the parish church.
Professor John Caird
|Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
1873 to 1898
Sir Donald MacAlister