Joseph Taylor Goodsir

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Rev Joseph Taylor Goodsir FRSE (16 September 1815–27 April 1893) was a Scottish minister and theological author.


He was born in Lower Largo in Fife on 16 September 1815, the second son of Elizabeth Dunbar Taylor and her husband, John Goodsir, Surgeon. His elder brother was the anatomist John Goodsir, his younger brother Harry Goodsir died in the Franklin expedition.

He studied divinity at the University of Edinburgh sharing lodgings with his brother John Goodsir, Edward Forbes and others at 21 Lothian Street in Edinburgh. Here they founded a group named the Universal Brotherhood of the Friends of Truth.[1]

Upon ordination he returned to Lower Largo as their minister.

In 1868 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh his proposer being Sir William Turner (a friend of his brother). He resigned from the society in 1880.[2]

He died on 27 April 1893.


  • Sacramental Catechism (1845)
  • The Divine Law Proceeds by Law (1868)
  • Seven Homilies on Ethnic Inspiration (1871)
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith
  • Dogmatic and Systematic Standards


  1. ^ Michael T. Tracy (29 October 2014). "John Goodsir (1814-1867) A Scottish Anatomist and Pioneer of the Study of the Cell" (PDF). Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  2. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.