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John Veitch

John Veitch (October 24, 1829 - September 3, 1894), Scottish poet, philosopher, and historian of the Scottish border, son of a Peninsular veteran, was born at Peebles[?], and educated at Edinburgh University.

He was assistant lecturer successively to Sir William Hamilton and Alexander Campbell Fraser (1856-60). In 1860 he was appointed to the chair of logic, metaphysics and rhetoric at St Andrews, and in 1864 to the corresponding chair at Glasgow.

In philosophy an intuitionist, he dismissed the idealist arguments with some abruptness, and thereby lost much of the influence gained by the force of his personal character. He will be remembered chiefly for his work on Border literature and antiquities. See Memoir by his niece, Mary RL Bryce (1896).


  • translations of Descartes' Discours de la méthode (1850) and Méditationes (1852)
  • an edition of Sir W Hamilton's lectures with memoir (1869, in collaboration with HL Mansel)
  • Tweed, and other Poems (1875)
  • History and Poetry of the Scottish Border (1877; ed. 1893)
  • Institutes of Logic (1885)
  • Knowing and Being (1889)
  • Merlin (1889)
  • Dualism and Monism (1895)
  • Border Essays (1896).

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