John Ferguson Nisbet

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John Ferguson Nisbet
Born 1851
Cadder, Scotland
Died 1899 (aged 47–48)
London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Journalist

John Ferguson Nisbet (1851 – 1 April 1899), was a Scottish journalist, primarily known as dramatic critic for The Times and as a writer.

Nisbet was born in 1851, the son of John Nisbet, Westerhill, Cadder, near Glasgow. He was schooled in Scotland, and attended Glasgow University prior to starting a career in journalism. Initially at the Glasgow Citizen, then Western Morning News in Plymouth, before starting with the Times. He started there in the press gallery, and subsequently, in 1882, became their dramatic critic. He also wrote articles and undertook editorial work simultaneously for some of the weekly publications in London of that time.

Nisbet's writing style was described as a vigorous and compact style, that was frequently touched by the elegance and grace that come of a close acquaintance with the masters of French, Italian, and Spanish literature. As a dramatist he wrote Dorothy Gray, and it was produced at the Princess's Theatre, London, on 10 April 1888

Nisbet married Isabella Frances Fairweather in 1875.[1] He died in London on 1 April 1899, following a longer term lung infection, and was survived by his wife and two children.[2][3][4]


  • Marriage and Heredity
  • Insanity of Genius


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS.  and "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Death of a Well-known Journalist". Dundee Courier & Argus. Dundee. 1 April 1899. p. 4. 
  3. ^ "Our London Correspondence". Glasgow Herald. Glasgow. 1 April 1899. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Index entry 1899 Deaths". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 December 2012. 

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