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Former Pupil Biographies

David S Salmond (1841 - 1932)

Born in Arbroath. Attended Madras College in 1855 and was a boarder in North Street with Mrs Christie. Pupil at Madras 1855-57. David S Salmond was buried in Arbroath Eastern Churchyard.  He died on 4th April 1932.

He was trained as a journalist and wrote a number of books including 'Diary of a Trip to South Africa, on R.M.S. Tantallon Castle' (pub. 1895) and ‘Reminiscences of Arbroath and St Andrews’ (pub. 1905) in which is a chapter detailing his schooling at Madras College which can be read here.

The 'Old Boys Chronicle' in the Madras College Magazine for June 1906 printed an article entitled

" 'Reminiscences of Arbroath and St. Andrews', By D. S Salmond.
This is a book which every member of the Madras College Club should procure and read ; not only because it is written by an old Madras boy, but also for the genial humour of his many stories and the sidelights which, from his varied experience of locality and circumstance, he is able to shed on many interesting social questions. His Arbroath reminiscences seem somehow to get connected with St. Andrews and the Madras College. Dr. Crichton, of whom he makes kindly and appreciative mention as a minister in Arbroath, was the first English Master of the Madras. A young lady who is alluded to in connection with Sabbath School work, became well known in St. Andrews as the wife of Dr. Anderson, for many years a Trustee and Governor of the College : and the name of another Arbroath minister whom he mentions brings in a ludicrous incident at St. Andrews in which he figured prominently. Mr. Salmond was a pupil from 1853 to 1857. Young and Armstrong, Bell Morrison and "Shout" Fraser, Lonie, Auld, Muller, and Paterson are the masters he mentions. Armstrong, Lonie and Paterson are the three round whom his memory most fondly lingers.

He is a musical enthusiast and recounts some interesting experiences in that art connected with St. Andrews and other places.

The book is worth reading in itself and old Madras boys will find their memories of the old place refreshed, and their interest in it quickened."

The Spectator reported:

"Reminiscences of Arbroath and St. Andrews. By D. S. Salmond (Brodie and Salmond.)—Arbroath, in common with all Scottish towns that we have read about, has produced many great men, divines, scholars, merchants, humourists, conscious or unconscious. Mr. Salmond shows us a portrait gallery of them, chiefly interesting, no doubt, to those who hail from the town, but readable in any case. St. Andrews does not occupy much space in Mr. Salmond's volume ; he has, however, some early recollections of golf, of the days when there was but one course, and that of nine holes only. There is some entertainment to be got from Mr. Salmond's book. But we prefer to have his memories rather than his opinions."