Biography of Hercules Lindsay
Hercules Lindsay (d 1761) was Regius Professor of Law from 1750 until 1761. He was awarded an LLD in 1746, and was Dean of Faculties from 1748 to 1750.
Lindsay became an advocate in 1746 and for several years in the 1740s he taught Law classes at the University in place of Professor William Forbes, who suffered from debilitating illness. During the late 1740s he continued to teach classes in the absence of Forbes' successor William Cross, and he was appointed Cross's successor when the latter resigned in 1750.
According to the University's historian James Coutts, Lindsay may have been the first Law professor to teach in English rather than Latin at the University. When Adam Smith was unable to come to Glasgow immediately after his appointment to the Chair of Logic in 1750, Lindsay took his classes for a session.
Lindsay and James Moor, the Professor of Greek, were said to be the mainstays of the Anderston Club, which counted Adam Smith, James Watt and Joseph Black among its members.
Died 2 June 1761.
University Link: Dean of Faculties, Lecturer, Professor
GU Degree: LLD, 1746;
Occupation categories: lawyers
Record last updated: 18th Jun 2008