Robert Nisbet (minister)

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Rev Dr Robert Nisbet DD FRSE (1814–1874) was a Scottish minister of the Church of Scotland and religious author.


St Giles in Edinburgh
The grave of Rev Dr Robert Nisbet, Dean Cemetery

He was born on 7 January 1814 in Auchterarder, the son of Christopher Nisbet and his wife, Margaret Sime. He was educated locally then studied divinity at St Andrews University and Edinburgh University. He was licensed to preach in 1836 and began as assistant minister in Lanark.

In 1842 he took on the highly prestigious role of minister of West St Giles in Edinburgh.

In 1853 he was awarded an honorary doctorate (DD) from the University of St Andrews.

In 1863 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, his proposer being Thomas Stevenson.[1]

He died at his home, 56 Great King Street in Edinburgh's Second New Town on 22 November 1874.[2] He is buried in Dean Cemetery in the west of the city. The grave lies under the trees at the west end of the north-west section.


In 1848 he married Eliza Tawse (1818-1883) daughter of John Tawse of Stobshiel (1787-1861), an advocate living in Edinburgh.

Their children included Christopher Charles Nisbet WS (who inherited the Stobshiel estate), John Tawse Nisbet MD (1856–1909) and Robert James Nisbet (1859-1939).

Their daughter Christian Nisbet married James Paisley son of Rev Robert Paisley DD of St Ninians in Leith.[3]


  • The Songs of the Temple Pilgrims (1863)
  • Studies on the Epistle of St Paul to Philemon (1876)


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Edinburgh Post Office Directory 1874
  3. ^ "Ministers". Retrieved 2017-11-02.