Duncan Harkness Weir Scotland

Biography of Duncan Harkness Weir

Duncan Harkness Weir
Duncan Harkness Weir

The eminent Hebrew scholar Duncan Harkness Weir (d 1876) was a graduate of the University who was Professor of Oriental Languages from 1850 to 1876, and Clerk of Senate from 1855 until 1876. He was one of the authors of the Memorials of the Old College of Glasgow, published in 1871. He was awarded an honorary DD by the University in 1864.

Weir was born in Greenock and attended Greenock Academy with John Caird. He graduated MA with Honours from the University in 1840 and became a minister in Gourock and then at the Scots Church in Manchester before his appointment to the chair at Glasgow.

Weir attempted to change the regulations to revive the degree of BD and thus make it possible for students to graduate in Divinity with a degree other than that of Doctor of Divinity, a title usually conferred on an honorary basis. In 1855, however, there was insufficient support for a move that might have been perceived as creating a distinction between students who studied Theology at University and those who did so in the halls of the Free Churches.

Weir's son Thomas Hunter Weir became a lecturer in Arabic at the University in 1902.


Duncan Harkness Weir
Classical Scholar

Born 30 November 1822, Greenock, Scotland.
Died 24 November 1876.
GU Degrees: MA, 1840; DD, 1864;
University Link: Clerk of Senate, Graduate, Professor
Occupation categories: classical scholars
Record last updated: 16th Jul 2009

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