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John Veitch Memorial Tablet

John Veitch Memorial Tablet The ornate tablet at the foot of the Randolph Staircase was unveiled in 1986 and commemorates John Veitch, Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University of Glasgow. He was also a poet, philosopher, and historian. Educated at Edinburgh University, he spent four years as the chair of logic, metaphysics and rhetoric at St Andrews University, after which he spent thirty years in the aforementioned professorship at the University of Glasgow.

The marble and gold mosaic tablet was created by John Oldrid Scott, the son of Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of the University’s Main Building. >The inscription on the panel in the base, which is a bit difficult to read, has the words:

To the memory of John Veitch M.A. LL.D., Professor of Logic Rhetoric and Metaphysics in the University of St Andrews 1860-1864, Professor of Logic and Rhetoric in the University of Glasgow1864-1894. Born at Peebles Oct. 24 1829. Died there Sep. 3 1894.

Through mystery to mystery, from God and to God.

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