Biography of George Jardine
George Jardine (1742-1827) was Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at the University from 1774 until his death in 1827, and Clerk of Senate from December 1781 until June 1782. He was one of the leading lights of the committee of subscribers which promoted the construction of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, which opened in 1794.
Born in Wandal in Lanarkshire, Jardine matriculated to study at the University in 1760 and graduated MA five years later. In 1770 he was licensed to preach as a minister but travelled to Europe as a tutor to the sons of William Mure of Caldwell. He returned to Scotland in 1773 and applied unsuccessfully for the Chair of Humanity at the University. In 1774 he was appointed assistant and successor to the Professor of Logic and Rhetoric, James Clow, and became Professor when the latter died in 1787.
In 1824, when Jardine reported that he was no longer able to fulfill his duties due to the infirmities of old age, Robert Buchanan was appointed his assistant and successor. Jardine retained his salary, house and his seat in the Faculty and Senate until he died three years later.