Robert Young (biblical scholar)

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Rev Robert Young's grave, Grange Cemetery

Robert Young, LL.D., F.E.S.L. (10 September 1822 – 14 October 1888) was a Scottish publisher who was self-taught and proficient in various oriental languages. He published works, the best known possibly being a Bible translation (commonly referred to as Young's Literal Translation) and his "analytical concordance."


He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, served an apprenticeship in printing and simultaneously taught himself various oriental languages. He eventually joined the Free Church, and in 1847 he started his own business of printing and selling books, particularly of works related to Old Testament studies.

For three years he was connected with Thomas Chalmers's Territorial church sabbath school in the West Port, Edinburgh. From 1856 to 1861 he was literary missionary and superintendent of the mission press at Surat; and during this time he added Gujarati to his acquirements. From 1864 to 1874 he conducted the ‘Missionary Institute;’ in 1867 he visited cities in the United States.[1]

In 1871 he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Hebrew chair at the University of St Andrews. Most of his life was passed in Edinburgh, where he died on 14 October 1888, leaving two sons and four daughters.[1]

He is buried in the north-east section of the Grange Cemetery.


On starting business as a printer he published works intended to facilitate the study of the Old Testament and its versions, of which the first was an edition with translation of Maimonides's 613 precepts.[1]

His major works include:


  • "Young, Robert". The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. 12. Baker, Grand Rapids. 1964. p. 490. 


  1. ^ a b c  "Young, Robert (1822-1888)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

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