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GLEIG, a surname derived from the Scottish word gleg, quick of apprehension, sharp-sighted, read at the uptake. Those of this name have for a crest a falcon holding a partridge. In the 17th century, Mr. James Glegg, a native of Dundee, and one of the professors of St. Andrews university, but who resigned his chair for the rectorship of the grammar school of his native town, was the author of some elegant Latin poems, preserved in the Poetae Scotigenae.

      The Right Rev. George Gleig, LL.D., bishop of Brechin, and primus of the Scots Episcopal church, who died at Stirling, March 9, 1840, in his 87th year, was for more than 60 years distinguished as a scholar and critic. Ordained a priest in 1773, he was in 1808 elected by the clergy of Brechin co-adjutor to their aged bishop, Dr. Strachan, and consecrated at Aberdeen in October of the same year. On the death of Bishop Strachan, in 1810, he was preferred to the sole charge of the diocese, and, on the death of Dr. John Skinner, in July 1816, chosen to succeed him as primus. He was the author of ‘Papers on Morals and Metaphysics;’ ‘Account of the Life and Opinions of Archibald, Earl of Kellie,’ Edin, 1797, 4to; ‘Account of the Life and Writings of William Robertson, D.D.,’ 8vo; ‘A Supplement to the third edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica,’ Edin. 1801, 2 vols. 4to; ‘Occasional Sermons,’ Edin. 1803, 8vo; ‘A Charge delivered at Stonehaven to the Episcopal Clergy of Brechin,’ 1809, 4to; ‘Buonaparte and Benhadad delineated; in two Sermons,’ Lond. 1814, 8vo; ‘Directions for the Study of Theology, in a Series of Letters from a Bishop to his Son, on his admission into holy orders,’ London, 1827, 8vo, and other publications.

      His son, the Rev. George Robert Gleig, M.A., born in 1796, was educated at Oxford. In his youth he left the university to join, as a volunteer, a regiment then marching through Oxford, on its way to Lisbon, and soon obtained a commission in the 85th regiment of light infantry. He served in the peninsular war, and in 1825 published his military reminiscences in an interesting narrative styled ‘The Subaltern.’ In the American war of 1812-13, he was wounded at the capture of the city of Washington. Subsequently, he retired from the army on half-pay, married, and took orders, and in 1822 was presented by the archbishop of Canterbury to the living of Ivy church, Kent. In 1844, he was made chaplain of Chelsea Hospital, and in 1846 became chaplain-general to the forces. Having devised a scheme for the education of soldiers, he was appointed Inspector General of Military Schools. In 1848 he was appointed a Prebendary of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Author of ‘Campaigns of Washington and New Orleans,’ 1821, 8vo; ‘The Chelsea Pensioners,’ 1829; ‘The Country Curate,’ 1830; ‘Germany Visited;’ ‘Military History of Great Britain;’ ‘Two volumes of Sermons;’ ‘Soldier’s Help to Divine Truth,’ London, 1835, 12mo; ‘Chronicles of Waltham;’ ‘Family History of England,’ 1836, 2 vols. 16mo; ‘The Hussar,’ 1837; ‘Traditions of Chelsea Hospital,’ 1837; ‘Memoirs of Warren Hastings,’ 1841, 2 vols.; ‘Chelsea Veterans;’ ‘Stories of Battle of Waterloo,’ 1842; ‘The Light Dragoons,’ 1843, and a variety of other works.

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