Robert Herbert Story

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Robert Story
Robert Herbert Story.jpg
Principal of the University of Glasgow
In office
Preceded by John Caird
Succeeded by Sir Donald MacAlister
Personal details
Born 28 January 1835
Rosneath, Dunbartonshire
Died 13 January 1907 (aged 71)
Alma mater Edinburgh, St Andrews and Heidelberg

Robert Herbert Story (28 January 1835 – 13 January 1907) was a Scottish divine and Principal of the University of Glasgow.[1]


Story was born on 28 January 1835 at Rosneath, Dunbartonshire, and educated at the universities of Edinburgh, St Andrews and Heidelberg. In 1859, he was assistant minister at St. Andrew's Church, Montreal, and in February 1860 was inducted as Minister of Rosneath in succession to his father.[2]

In 1887, he removed to Glasgow as Professor of Church History; In 1898, he became Principal of the University, succeeding John Caird. He was Moderator of the General Assembly in 1894, and its Principal Clerk from that year until his death on 13 January 1907.[2]

Story had been appointed in 1886 to a chaplaincy to Queen Victoria, and was appointed a Chaplain-in-Ordinary in Scotland to King Edward VII in October 1901.[3]

He received the honorary degree Doctor of laws (LL.D.) from the University of St Andrews in 1900.[4]


Story was a staunch supporter of his Church, and had little sympathy for schemes of reunion with the other Presbyterian communities. He vigorously opposed the action of Bishop Welldon, then metropolitan of Calcutta, in excluding Scottish chaplains and troops from the use of garrison churches in India because these had received episcopal consecration. He was characterized by an absolutely fearless honesty, which sometimes gave offence, but at the basis of his nature there was a warm, tender and sympathetic heart, incapable of meanness or intrigue.[2]


Robert Story Memorial Window by Douglas Strachan, in the Bute Hall of Glasgow University

In addition to lives of his father (1862), Professor Robert Lee (1870) and William Carstares (1876), he published a devotional book Christ the Consoler; a volume of sermons, Creed and Conduct (1878); The Apostolic Ministry in the Scottish Church (Baird Lecture, 1897), and several pamphlets on church questions.[2]


He and John Anderson, the eighteenth-century pioneer of vocational education and Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow, were both born in the town, and their fathers were both ministers of the parish church.


  1. ^ Robert Story. Glasgow University (multitab page)
  2. ^ a b c d Chisholm 1911.
  3. ^ "No. 27367". The London Gazette. 22 October 1901. p. 6847. 
  4. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36075). London. 26 February 1900. p. 8. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Story, Robert Herbert". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor John Caird
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
1873 to 1898
Succeeded by
Sir Donald MacAlister