William Minto

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William Minto (10 October 1845 – 1 March 1893) was a Scottish man of letters.link=


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He was born at Auchintoul, Aberdeenshire. He was educated at the University of Aberdeen, and spent a year at Merton College, Oxford. He was assistant professor under Alexander Bain at Aberdeen for some years; from 1874 to 1878 he edited the Examiner, and in 1880 he was made full professor of logic and English at Aberdeen.


In 1872 he published a Manual of English Prose Literature, which was distinguished by sound judgment and sympathetic appreciation; and his Characteristics of English Poets from Chaucer to Shirley (1874) showed the same high qualities. His other works include:

  • The Literature of the Georgian Era (1894) edited with a biographical introduction by W Knight
  • Logic: Inductive and Deductive (1893)
  • a monograph on Defoe in the "English Men of Letters" series (1879)
  • three novels
  • numerous articles on literary subjects in the 9th edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica.


On 8 January 1880 Minto married Cornelia, daughter of the Rev. Lewis Griffiths, rector of Swindon, Gloucestershire.[1] He had two sons, William and Charles. The elder died during celebrations to mark the end of the First World War when a shell misfired.[citation needed]


  1.  "Minto, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

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