Bewglass James, Lld, Mria
Bewglass James, Ll.D., M.R.I.A.
an English Congregational minister, was born at Killyman, Moy, county Tyrone, Ireland, Dec. 4, 1809. His father was a small farmer, and it was only by strenuous efforts and much self-denial that Mr. Bewglass obtained his education. He was first sent to a small neighborhood school near his home, and then, after some years' work on the farm, he went to Belfast College. Here he took honors in fourteen classes, and mostly first-class; and here, in 1832, he avowed himself a Christian, joined the Church, and was chosen deacon. In 1842. he was ordained to the ministry in connection with the Irish Evangelical Society, and about this time obtained his A.M. at the University of Aberdeen. Soon after he was chosen to a professorship in the Dublin Independent College. During the four months' vacations he went to the universities of Halle and Berlin, was made a member of the German Oriental Society, and was pressed to accept a professorship at Halle, but he declined. At the close of his Dublin career, in 1848, Dr. Bewglass became principal over the West-of-England Dissenters' Proprietary School, at Taunton, and six years later removed to Silcoates, where for twenty-two years he presided over the Northern Congregational School, dying at his post, April 3, 1876. In politics, Dr. Bewglass was an advanced Liberal; in religion, he had a marked Puritan strain of thought and feeling, and was a strong Nonconformist. He was a ripe scholar, being especially strong in the linguistic and literary department., He was a born ruler of boys, and won the affection and regard of all under his sceptre. See (Lond.) Cong. Year-book, 1877, p. 344.