David Patrick (writer)

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David Patrick
Born 1849
Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died 22 March 1914(1914-03-22) (aged 65)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation Writer, editor
Nationality Scottish
Genre Non-fiction, encyclopedias
Notable works Chambers's Encyclopaedia, Chambers's Biographical Dictionary, Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature
The design and wording that appeared at the start of each volume of the Chambers's Encyclopaedia.

David Patrick (1849[1] – 22 March 1914) was a Scottish writer and editor. He edited Chambers's Encyclopaedia from 1888 to 1892,[1] Chambers's Biographical Dictionary in 1897 and Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature with F. H. Groome from 1901 to 1903.


David Patrick was born to Rev. Joseph Patrick in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire in 1849. He was educated at the Ayr Academy and then, planning to enter the Church, attended the New College receiving the Cunningham Fellowship at the close of his four-year course. Patrick subsequently studied theology at Tübingen, Berlin, Leipzig and Göttingen before eventually deciding on a literary career.[2][3]

It was while working under Dr. JM Ross of the Edinburgh High School, then producing the Globe Encyclopaedia series, that he was introduced encyclopaedical work. Within a few years, he had attained a position with the publishing house of William & Robert Chambers. He first worked as an assistant to Dr. Andrew Findlater in the Literary Department, and ultimately became head of the literary staff. Between 1888 and 1892, he edited a revised version of Chambers's Encyclopaedia. He also edited Chambers's Biographical Dictionary in 1897 and Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature with F.H. Groome from 1901 to 1903.[2] He wrote the introduction to the later 1914 edition of Chambers's Encyclopaedia shortly before his death on 22 March 1914.[3]

References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Law, M.D. "Preface" in Chambers’s Encyclopædia. London: George Newnes, 1961, Vol. 1, p. vii.
  2. ^ a b Who's Who, 1905. Vol. 57. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1905. (pg. 1246)
  3. ^ a b Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Vol. 35. Edinburgh: Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1915. (pg. 9)
 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource