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Lord Charles Neaves

Charles Neaves, Lord Neaves FRSE (1800–1876) was a Scottish advocate, judge, theologian and writer. He served as Solicitor General (1852), as a judge of the Court of Session, the supreme court of Scotland (1854), and as Rector of the University of St Andrews (1872). Neaves was known as one of the early analysts of the history of evolution, and is often quoted regarding the subjects of evolution and women's rights.

Neaves was born in Edinburgh in 1800, the son of Charles Neaves, a Forfar solicitor and clerk of the Justiciary Court in Edinburgh. Neaves was educated at the High School and Edinburgh University. He became a member of the Faculty of Advocates at age 22. He married Eliza Macdonald in 1835. From 1841 to 1845, he was Advocate Depute, and from 1845 to 1852 sheriff, of the Orkney and Shetland islands. He became solicitor-general for Scotland in 1853, and served judge of the Court of Session from 1853 to 1858. From 1858 to his death, he was Lord of Justiciary, Scotland's supreme criminal court. Neaves lived the majority of his life in Edinburgh, but when associated with the Justiciary Court, he travelled to Glasgow thrice yearly and Lord Neaves (although elderly and almost without hearing capability by the 1875) acquired a reputation in Glascow as a man of justice and evenness. Charles Neaves also had acknowledged skills as a composer of verse. He was vice-president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (1859–67, 1868–73 and 1874–76), and a president of the Heriot-Watt Institution. From 1872 to 1874, he held the post of Rector at the University of St Andrews, the oldest university in Scotland. The Rector chairs meetings of the University Court, the governing body of the University of St Andrews. Neaves was a regular author of poetry and essays to Blackwood's Magazine. Here we are bringing you his book on Songs and Verses, Social and Scientific.


A great proportion of these pieces were originally published in ‘Blackwood’s Magazine;’ some appeared in the ‘Scotsman’ Newspaper; and the rest were written for the amusement of a Scientific Club, or of a circle of private friends. They were received at the time with some approbation; and they have since been collected mainly in the hope of preserving or reviving in the minds of those who were then pleased to approve of them a recollection of the feelings that attended their first reception.


The Origin of Species
The Memory of Monboddo
The Darwinian Era of Farming
The Leather Bottle
The Origin of Language
Grimm's Law
The Three R's
Don't Forget The Rich
O Why Should A Woman Not Get A Degree?
The Reading of Greek
AD Sodalitatis Helleneic Ac Socios
The Proposal of Poltys
The Penny of Pases
Platonic Paradoxes
Stuart Mill On Mind and Matter
The In-Osculation of Science and Art
Dust and Disease
Keep Your Mouth Shut
Gaster, The First M.A.
Gaster (Adapted to Music)
Beef and Potatoes
A Song of Proverbs
A Song of Truisms
How to Make a Novel
The Tourist's Matrimonial Guide Through Scotland
Decimis Inclusis
The Jolly Testator Who Makes His Own Will
O! He Was Lang O' Coming
Saturday at E'En
The Sheriff's Life at Sea
Let Us All Be Unhappy on Sunday
The Three Moderators
The Sons of the Manse
Song Sung At The Symposium of 1840
Song at the Symposium on Maga, 1841
Hey for Social Science, O!
I’m Very Fond of Water
The Permissive Bill
Old Noah's Invention
The Planting of the Vine
A Bottle and Friend
A Flask of Rosy Wine
A Page or Two of Epigrams, Etc.
The Bagman's Life on Shore
Appendix - Music of Some of the Songs

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