John Caird (theologian)
|Born||15 December 1820|
|Died||30 July 1898 (aged 77)|
|Office||Principal of the University of Glasgow (1873–1898)|
Isabella Glover (m. 1858)
|Relatives||Edward Caird (brother)|
|Church||Church of Scotland|
|Alma mater||University of Glasgow|
|Influences||G. W. F. Hegel|
|School or tradition||British idealism|
|Institutions||University of Glasgow|
|Notable works||An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (1880)|
John Caird[a] (1820–1898) was a Scottish theologian. He entered the Church of Scotland, of which he became one of the most eloquent preachers. He served as the Principal of the University of Glasgow from 1873 until 1898.
He was educated at Greenock Grammar School, and then attended the University of Glasgow (MA 1845).
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 (1857–1862). He married Isabella Glover in 1858.
In 1862 he became Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, and in 1873, following the death of Thomas Barclay, became Principal of the university, a post he held for 26 years, until 1898.
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).
In 1897 he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
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- Bayne, Thomas Wilson (1901). Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co. .
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons – via Wikisource.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Caird, John.|
- Works by or about John Caird at Internet Archive
- Biography and Summary of Gifford Lectures by Dr Brannon Hancock
| Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow
William Purdie Dickson
| Principal and Vice-Chancellor
of the University of Glasgow
| Gifford Lecturer at the University of Glasgow
Alexander Balmain Bruce