Born at Dumbarton and lost his hearing in infancy; Glasgow Deaf and Dumb Institution ages 8-15. After leaving school, apprenticed as a bookbinder, but switched to mission work with the deaf. Helped found the short-lived National Deaf and Dumb Society, then was instrumental in the NDDS's reestablishment as the British Deaf and Dumb Association and its subsequent growth. For this reason, he is often regarded as the founder of today's British Deaf Association. Died after 15 months of failing health and an operation.
Deaf Lives, p.145; Peeps into the Deaf World, p.325-326.
1848-1 June 1918