James Wood (encyclopaedist)

The Reverend James Wood (12 October 1820 – 17 March 1901) was a Scottish editor and Free Church minister.[1] He was born in Leith and studied at the University of Edinburgh, living most of his life in Edinburgh.[1] His admiration for Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin may have contributed to his failure to secure a ministry.[1] Instead he earned a living as a writer.[1] He translated Auguste Barth's Religions of India and edited Nuttall's Standard Dictionary,[2] The Nuttall Encyclopaedia,[2] Warne's Dictionary of Quotations[1] (later titled Nuttall's Dictionary of Quotations[3]), Bagster & Sons' Helps to the Bible,[1] and a Carlyle School Reader.[1] In 1881 he published anonymously The Strait Gate, and Other Discourses, with a Lecture on Thomas Carlyle, by a Scotch Preacher.[4][5] He is described by P. J. E. Wilson as " that most conscientious of pedants".[6]




  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Stirling 1902, pp.vii–viii
  2. 1 2 Wood, James (1900). The Nuttall Encyclopaedia: Being a Concise and Comprehensive Dictionary of General Knowledge. London and New York: Frederick Warne & Co. p. iii. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  3. Shipps, Anthony W. (1990). The Quote Sleuth: A Manual for the Tracer of Lost Quotations. University of Illinois Press. p. 26. ISBN 9780252016950. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  4. Stirling 1902, p.ix
  5. OCLC 57460139
  6. Wilson, P. J. E. (14 January 1984). "Points: Definition of scurvy". British Medical Journal (Clinical Research edition). 288 (6411): 152. PMC 1443956Freely accessible.

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