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.
'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
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."