Pirie, William Robinson, Dd
Pirie, William Robinson, D.D.
a Scotch divine, son of Reverend George Pirie, D.D., of Slains, Aberdeenshire, was born in that village, July 26, 1804, and educated at the University of Aberdeen. He was appointed minister at Dyce in 1830; professor of divinity in the university of Marischal College, Aberdeen, in December, 1843; minister at Greyfriars, of the same city, in September, 1846; professor of divinity or Church history in united universities, Marischal and King's colleges, in 1860, and in May 1877, principal and vicechancellor of the same, a position which he occupied until his death, November 4, 1885. Dr. Pirie was active in every movement which agitated the Scottish Church during the forty years of his public life. He was the author of Natural Theology (Edinb. 1868). See Fasti Eccles. Scoticanae, 3:501.