Astronomical Society of Edinburgh
Journal 46

Yet Another Edinburgh Astronomer of the Past

(There were dozens of them - see past issues of the Journal).

REV EDWARD BRUCE KIRK was born in Edinburgh in 1857, son of Rev John Kirk, DD, Congregational minister. His two elder brothers were also ministers. He graduated MA at Edinburgh University in 1879 and in the same year was ordained into the Congregational Church then changed to the Evangelical Union, first at Brighton Street, then Saltcoats, then for 33 years, until 1915, was minister at Barrhead. He died at Pollokshields on 22 May 1929.

He was a member of the BAA, President of its West of Scotland Branch in 1897, and became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1911. He was a very active amateur observer, contributing notes to The Observatory on double stars, meteors, Jupiter, aurora spectra and the Comet of 1881. Between 1899 and 1903 he wrote several papers for the BAA Journal on a variety of topics including the possibility of life on other worlds. He gave lectures on astronomy at the Royal Technical College, now Strathclyde University.

Dave Gavine