( 1829 - 1882)
Secretary from 1878 until 1882.
Dobbie died in late 1882, when he was Secretary of EPS.
President reported to the EPS Meeting on 6 December, the death of MG
Dobbie. His funeral had been attended by about 60 EPS Members who
assembled at Pilrig then walked four abreast in front of the hearse to
President gave a short account of MG Dobbie's life to the EPS Meeting on
6 December 1882, based on information gathered by the Interim Secretary,
Mr Dobbie was born in Glasgow in 1829, and at the early age of eleven
years he entered the service of Messrs Fullarton & Co., publishers,
and came with the firm to Leith in 1842.
[while in Leith as a youth] he showed his great love of books by
being an assiduous member of the Mechanics Library, and for several
years he acted as its librarian.
founded the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Society and went on to become
became a Member of EPS on 5 February 1873, [and was] elected Secretary
on 6 November 1878,
At great labour he collected and put in order the literary archives of
In November 1880, he became engrossed with a new idea which took shape
in December of the same year, in the publication of No 1 of
'Transactions', of which he was naturally very proud."
- i.e. the Transactions started by MG Dobbie: December 1882]