Ian Maclaren


1850 – 1907


Who was Ian Maclaren?

Ian Maclaren was a Scottish author and theologian.

He was the son of John Watson, a civil servant. He was born at Manningtree, Essex, and educated at Stirling and at Edinburgh University, later studying theology at New College, Edinburgh, and at Tübingen.

In 1874 he became a minister of the Free Church of Scotland and became assistant minister of Edinburgh Barclay Church. Subsequently he was minister at Logiealmond in Perthshire and at Glasgow, and in 1880 he became minister of Sefton Park Presbyterian Church, Liverpool, from which he retired in 1905.

In 1896 he was Lyman Beecher lecturer at Yale University, and in 1900 he was moderator of the synod of the English Presbyterian Church. While travelling in the United States he died from blood poisoning, following a bout with tonsilitis, at Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Maclaren's first stories of rural Scottish life, Beside the Bonnie Brier Bush, achieved extraordinary popularity, selling more than 3/4 of a million copies, and were succeeded by other successful books, The Days of Auld Lang Syne, Kate Carnegie and those Ministers, and Afterwards and other Stories. By his own name Watson published several volumes of sermons, among them being The Upper Room, The Mind of the Master and The Potter's Wheel.

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Nov 3, 1850
Also known as
  • John Watson
  • Scotland
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Yale University
May 6, 1907
Mount Pleasant

on July 23, 2013


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