Alexander Whyte

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Portrait of Whyte, by John Moffat.
7 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh (right)

Rev Alexander Whyte DD (January 13, 1836 – January 6, 1921) was a Scottish divine. He was born at Kirriemuir in Forfarshire and educated at the University of Aberdeen and at New College, Edinburgh.[1]


He entered the ministry of the Free Church of Scotland and after serving as colleague in Free St John's, Glasgow (1866–1870), removed to Edinburgh as colleague and successor to Dr R. S. Candlish at Free St George's. In 1909 he succeeded Dr Marcus Dods as principal, and professor of New Testament literature, at New College, Edinburgh.[1]

Whyte lived in a huge townhouse 7 Charlotte Square, in Edinburgh's First New Town.[2] The house is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland and open to the public as The Georgian House, Edinburgh.


  • (1856). A Commentary on the Shorter Catechism.
  • (1893). Characters and Characteristics of William Law.
  • (1893–1908). John Bunyan Characters [4 Vols.]
  • (1894). Samuel Rutherford and Some of His Correspondents.
  • (1895). An Appreciation of Jacob Behmen.
  • (1895). Lancelot Andrewes and his Private Devotions
  • (1895). The Four Temperaments.
  • (1896–1902). Bible Characters [6 vols.]
  • (1897). Santa Teresa.
  • (1898). Father John of the Greek Church.
  • (1898). The Principles of Protestantism.
  • (1898). Sir Thomas Browne, an Appreciation.
  • (1898). An Appreciation of Browne's Religio Medici.
  • (1901). Newman: An Appreciation in Two Lectures.
  • (1903). Bishop Butler.
  • (1905). The Walk, Conversation and Character of Jesus Christ Our Lord.


  1. ^ a b  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Whyte, Alexander". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 617. 
  2. ^ Edinburgh and Leith Post Office Directory 1889-90


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